If you live in Cameroon or Nigerian, you know that Suya is THE street food in these parts. I remember enjoying it almost every day with my sister as we walked back from school. There was this ‘abouki’ – a suya vendor – who sold suya close to our home in Obili, Yaounde (in Cameroon) my hometown. Chai!!! He sold all parts of the cow. My best part? ‘Bangala’ (the cow penis). No like seriously! Juicy, succulent, tender aiiiii! The man’s suya was so delicious for words. Though I loved that part, I NEVER pronounced it when I wanted to buy, Abouki will then tease me all the time, calling the dreaded word so loud. Come and see my face. Blushing purple lol. I was a teenager for crying out loud! 🙂
So my love for suya persisted as I grew older. Unfortunately, having access to real suya in this parts is so difficult. I bought some suya spice in the African grocery store, got my beef, marinated it and the taste was a huge disaster. No wonder the ready-made suya spice smelled funny. I was determined to make my own at home. It began with trial and error and many, MANY fails but at last with the hint from one Malam friend, I got it right and it has been homemade suya and suya spice on nearly everything at home since then.
Here are some ideas on how to use your suya spice.
- Make some suya-spiced chicken.
- Try my beef suya skewers on salad.
- How about some suya prawns on a bed of salad?
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So let’s go ahead and make some suya spice shall
- 6 tbsp. finely ground roasted peanuts
- 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper
- 3 tbsp. red pepper flakes or Cameroon pepper
- 4 tbsp*. paprika powder
- 3 tbsp. ground ginger
- 2 tbsp. garlic powder
- 3 tbsp. onion powder
- 2 tbsp. white pepper powder
- 1 tbsp. African negro pepper
- Blend peanuts to a fine powder consistency. Using a clean kitchen cloth, squeeze out all oil from the blended peanuts. Mix peanuts with all other ingredients, add beef bouillon cube to intensify the beef flavor.
- You can replace roasted peanuts with the same amount of blended 'kuli kuli'. This will cut preparation time.