HOW TO MAKE NEGERIAN SUYA – SHISH KEBAB – YAJI – Favorite food of West African, SUYA is a traditional food that has been tempting taste. Although it may look similar to shish kebab, which was developed in the Middle East, SUYA are African dishes with a different spin.
Shish kebab and suya may seem the same, is actually a different food entirely. Shish kebabs first, is a mixture of Middle Eastern skewers of meat being served in bread or with vegetables. SUYA beef punctured, sheep, chickens or a marinated and grilled tripe is not too difficult. However, a recipe for marinade, known as “yaji “, seems to be one of the best secrets.
- 2 pounds of sirloin steak
- ¼ cup roasted almonds/peanuts
- 1/2 -1 tablespoon cayenne
- 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon white pepper
- 1/2 – 1 tablespoon hot ground pepper or cayenne pepper optional
- 1 tablespoon chicken Bouillon
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to drizzle on the meat
Soak the skewers for at least 20 minutes totally submerged in water before using it to prevent burns.
Heat the oven to 450°F. Lightly spray or oil baking sheet or roasting pan to prevent the suya from sticking to the pan
In a medium bowl, mix garlic powder, onion power, smoked paprika, white pepper, cayenne pepper, hot ground pepper and bouillon/maggi.Place it on a plate , Set aside
Peel roasted peanuts, and then grind in a coffee grinder with skin on, until finely crushed. Do not grind the peanuts into paste. Add the ground peanuts into spice mixture.
Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel. You want to have a completely dry steak before cooking. Slice the steak into a diagonal medium thin shape,
Thread the steaks onto the skewers about 4 per skewer. Making sure the skewer is fully covered with slices of meat
Rub the steak skewer with spice mixture; on both sides. Line a roasting or baking sheet with foil paper. Place skewers on cookie sheet , then place on the roasting pan or baking sheet.
Drizzle with oil and bake on for about 12-15 minutes.
Optional -Towards the last 3 minutes of baking switch from baking to broiler setting. To get a nice crisp brown on the outside.