Nigerian Kilishi Recipe

Kilishi is a spicy beef jerky, originated from the northern part of Nigeria. It is a dried form of suya, made from either deboned cow, sheep or goat meat.

The meat is sliced into sheets of one metre or less for easy drying under the sun's intense heat for about 3 days. It is then soaked in Kilishi spice mixture and spread on flat rafia baskets till it dries.

But in this article, I am going to show you how to make Nigerian Kilishi in less than an hour.

Ingredients For Nigerian Kilishi:
• 10 pieces wafer-thin beef
• 1 tablespoon suya spice
• 3 cloves of garlic
• 1 teaspoon cloves (Kanafuru)
• A small piece of ginger
• 1 small stock cube
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon dry cayenne pepper seeds

How To Make Nigerian Kilishi:
• Grind the cloves with a dry mill and set aside. Peel the garlic and ginger then grind into a smooth paste.

• Add the ground cloves and crushed stock cubes to the garlic and ginger paste. Add some water, stir and sieve to get an extract of these spices and seasoning.

• Next, add the suya spice and cayenne pepper seeds to the solution, stir and set aside. Slice the beef into very thin fillets and cut off all traces of fat from it.

• Set your oven to 250°C (475F) or gas mark 9 to preheat. If your oven has a fan, turn it on. It helps the beef dry faster.

• Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the fillets of beef and spread them around. Line your oven tray with a baking sheet and place the pieces of beef flat on it.

• Next, put the tray into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the beef every 5 minutes for it to dry evenly. After 15 minutes, bring out the tray of beef from the oven.

• Now, brush the Kilishi spice all over them, making sure that both sides of the beef are well covered. You can grill it after soaking in the Kilishi solution.

• Put them back in the oven and bake for additional 10 to 15 minutes. Flip the beef from time to time. Kilishi will become drier when it has completely cooled down.

• So don't let it become bone dry and crunchy in the oven. You want it dry and chewy. That's it, your Nigerian Kilishi is ready.

• Nigerian Kilishi can be served alone or with any drink or juice of your choice. Enjoy!

• Please share and leave a comment below, and don't forget to give me feedback on how your Nigerian Kilishi turned out.

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