Suya recipe

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Developed by the Hausa tribe in several parts of Africa, Suya is a popular west African street-food. It is usually made using smoked beef and garnished with onions and a pepper mix. This recipe replaces the beef with a blend of vegetables.

  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes


  • ½ cup of black-eyed beans (p re-soaked in w arm water for an hour o r more prior)
  • ½ cup of groundnut or roasted peanut
  • ½ cup of tinned chickpeas
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 small onion (peeled and cut into quarters)
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning powder of choice or equivalent
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
How to Make It
  1. Rinse and add the soaked beans to a food processor with sabatier blade attached (s-blade) and turn on to mince for a few seconds.
  2. Add the groundnut, chickpeas, onion and pepper to the food processor and mince, to create a very thick minced paste.
  3. Add seasoning to desired taste and mix together.
  4. Line a baking tray with baking sheet or foil.
  5. To create the pepper mix, mix the cayenne pepper, ginger, chilli pepper, and garlic pepper together in a flat plate.
  6. Use a teaspoon to scoop out some of the minced vegetables and mould together into a desired shape with clean hands.
  7. Roll the moulded vegetable mix in the plate of pepper mix until all areas are covered, then, place on a lined baking tray.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until all vegetable mix are in the baking tray.
  9. Drizzle the vegetable oil all over the moulded vegetables in the tray and place in the oven for 20 minutes at 160°.
  10. After 20 minutes, remove the tray from oven then slice the now Suya, with a knife to create thinner slices.
  11. Serve with chopped onions and pepper mix.

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