Sunday, 15 March 2015

Suya/Kyinkyinga Powder


Suya/Kyinkyinga powder is a popular West African spice used in seasoning or garnishing roasted meats. If you have ever tasted the popular kyinkyinga (goat kebabs), a street food from Ghana, you will understand the magic, this spice transforms a normal goat kebab to that tasty, delicious, juicy, meat full of the African flavours.

The basic ingredients in Suya is roasted peanuts, ginger powder & cayenne pepper powder. Some local spices are added to give it a special touch. When I was little, my mum would make us blend our own Suya mix. The great thing about making your own, is you can make it as spicy as you want it and you know what it's in it. Below is the recipe I learnt from my mum, very simple yet you achieve the exact or better taste than that bought from the shops.

INGREDIENTS:
  • cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp ginger powder 
  •  1 – 2 tbsp cayenne pepper powder (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 large shrimp cube
  • Pinch of salt

    PREPARATION:
  1. Place the peanuts, ginger powder, cayenne pepper, shrimp cube into a food processor or blender.
  2. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and well mixed. Taste the mixture to see if you have enough heat from the cayenne pepper. I will recommend starting with ½ tsp of cayenne pepper and increase the quantity to your taste.
  3. Add a pinch of salt just to taste.
  4. Place the powdered mixture in an air tight container and store in a cool dry place.
  5. Suya spice can be sprinkled over roasted meats and kebabs or it can be used as a seasoning.
       

3 comments:

  1. Finally leaving a comment ... I have made this 4 times ( last one for some friends last night ) the taste is spot on . Now I don't have to wait for someone coming from Ghana to bring me some and store for so long , I can get it as fresh as can be . Thank you !!! Keep the recipes coming . Afua

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  2. Hello Afua, I'm glad you liked it and now you don't have to wait to have some brought from Ghana. Yes you can make your own and it's that simple. Keep enjoying!

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  3. Hello Afua, I'm glad you liked it and now you don't have to wait to have some brought from Ghana. Yes you can make your own and it's that simple. Keep enjoying!

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