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There is no sincerer love than the love of food—George Bernard Shaw
One popular Hausa food we all love is Suya. This is a common food sold by food vendors in Nigeria, mostly by the northerners. Many of us are not aware of its preparation, and a host of others does not experiment with their cooking. I, however, play around with foods because there is no strict standard or procedure to follow while cooking. As long as it is good for consumption and causes fireworks with your taste buds, then you are on the right track.  Here is the recipe for making  Suya and Suya crepes. For many who are not aware, Suya is grilled meat, garnished with spices, onions and pepper. Here is your homemade Suya recipe and Suya crepes.



Beef Suya spice Groundnut oil Suya sticks (optional) Salt to taste Grounded pepper Griller


Wash and cut your pieces of meat into fillet(fleshy boneless tiny pieces of meat) Thread the pieces of your fillet meat into the suya sticks(you can soak the sticks in water to avoid burning). Put your groundnut oil into a bowl and a little salt to taste, using a brush, rub the oil on the meat to allow the spice stick to the meat Mix your spice, pepper, salts and Maggi preferably together in a bowl (make sure it tastes like the Aboki’s). Sprinkle evenly on the meat. Marinate the meat by leaving it for about an hour to get the spice in. Put the meat over your griller, and grill. You can use the local firewood method or your kitchen oven if it has a grilling compartment. Turn over every 15-20 minutes, to roast each side. So in total, you have spent 30-40 minutes roasting both sides. Add a little oil and roast again for 5 minutes. Voila, your suya is ready. You can present it with onions, pepper and anything else you want. Now that we have learnt how to make suya, here is a tip on how to make Suya Crepes.

Suya Crepes

How to Make Suya Meat and Suya Crepes - Before I start I know a lot of people are wondering why crepes and not pancakes, well, we are probably familiar with pancakes around us. But the difference is this, while pancakes make use of raising agent like baking powder to make it look fluffier and heavy, crepes do not, hence it’s thin and flat.


4 tablespoon of melted Butter 5 Eggs Onions A table spoon of Mayonnaise ½ cup of Milk ½ cup of Water 1 cup of Flour Suya A pinch of salt


In a large bowl, whisk the flour and eggs together. Slowly, add in your milk and sugar, while stiring to combine. Melt your butter in a frypan before adding to batter. Mix until the batter is smooth. Add salt to taste. Get a non-stick pan or if you don’t have one, use your frying pan. Add your butter to melt or if you have already done that, move the pan around to evenly distribute the butter, you can add a drop of oil. When the pan is hot, pour the desired crepe batter you want, slowly move your pan to evenly distribute the batter. Cook until the bottom side is cooked and has brown stains. Flip your batter and allow to cook. Take out of the pan when it looks like the other side. Repeat as many times as your batter is available. When out, place on a round plate.

Step 2

Boil your eggs in a small pot till it’s thoroughly cooked, place in cold water cool down, remove the shells. Get your suya out and remove the sticks. Add to a mixing bowl. Stir and coat your onions through frying in a pan. Also, add into the bowl. Cut your hard boiled eggs into slices and add to the mixing bowl. Push all your ingredient through a meat grinder or food processor or just chop with your knives. Mix with mayonnaise or water to make it stick and more spreadable. Add enough suya meat mix to spread on your crepes. Roll your crepes and cut into desired shapes. Melt a table spoon of butter in your fry pan and saute your filled suya crepes till it is golden brown. Be careful not to burn it. Yes, Yummy, your food is ready for eating. You can decorate with Nutella.

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This article was first published on 8th August 2017


Adepeju Adenuga is a writer (considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense). She holds a Masters Degree in Literature in English from the University of Lagos.

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