Nigerian Suya Kebabs ~ Hibiscus Ice with Watermelon


This month we have Suya kebabs, a very popular Nigerian barbecued street food featuring meat marinated in a dry rub of toasted peanuts and spices, such as chilles, pepper and ground ginger. Each malam (or street vendor) will have a special blend with its own unique flavour, fragrance and texture; our’s includes a trio of chillies - fruity habanero, cayenne and a numbing hot pepper - as well as garlic, paprika and black pepper.


It’s served with Jollof rice, a dish found throughout West Africa and thought to be the origin of the Cajun dish jambalaya. Also on the side is a peppered Wara cheese a delicious cottage cheese topped with a pepper and chilli oil, a simple salad and a hot pepper sauce to round off the meal. For dessert there’s a refreshing zobo (Hibiscus) ice served with watermelon - a huge favourite in West Africa, it makes a lovely dessert for an unusual but satisfying meal!


Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Heat Rating: 2 (more with the pepper sauce!)




For just £4.00


  • SUYA MARINADE SPICES: Black pepper, Sichuan pepper, garlic, ginger, paprika, habanero, Cayenne
  • SUYA HERB BLEND: Thyme, bay, white pepper, onion
  • JOLLOF SPICES: Turmeric, coriander, allspice, cumin, thyme, bay, paprika, garlic, ginger, habanero, red bell pepper
  • PEPPER SAUCE SPICES: Red bell pepper, paprika, chilli, onion, habanero, garlic, ground bay, thyme
  • WARA SPICES: Paprika, green chilli, grains of paradise
  • GINGER BLEND: Ginger, grains of paradise, cloves




  • Shopping List

  • 500g beef steak (any type)
  • 6 tomatoes
  • ½ a small white cabbage
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 onions 
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 1 red pepper 
  • 1 medium carrot 
  • 1 small watermelon 
  • 300g cottage cheese
  • 75g salted, roasted peanuts
  • 30g dry breadcrumbs or plain crackers (any type)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 300g standard long grain or basmati rice (not easy cook) 
  • 120g sugar 
  • 135ml vegetable oil