A Guide to the Perfect Khebab/Suya Spice

A Guide to the Perfect Khebab/Suya Spice

I, like a lot a people love the occasional khebab or suya but sometimes the kebab spice doesn't just taste right to you, it's either too salty, spicy or there's something in there that makes it taste weird. This recipe is to serve as guide on how to mix your own khebab spice. I would say that it's the perfect khebab spice for all your grilled meats but perfect is relative. So follow this guide and personalize it to your preference. Sprinkle khebab spice on meat right when is done cooking or right before it's done and grill it further. The choice is yours. It works either way. Don't forget to share and subscribe!!!



what you need

1 cup groundnut powder

2 tablespoons soya bean powder (optional) * (see note)

1 tablespoon fish powder

1/2 tablespoon shrimp powder

3 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons aniseed

1 teaspoon cloves


1 shrimp seasoning cube

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

*make your own soya bean powder by toasting soya bean and grinding in a spice grinder when it cools down


Toast aniseed, rosemary and cloves until fragrant then allow to cool and grind to form a powder.

In a frying pan/skillet over medium low heat, toast the groundnut powder and soya bean powder together until very dry, about 10 mins, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool down.

In a dry bowl add the toasted groundnut and soya bean powder. Add 2 tablespoons of the chili powder first the add a pinch of salt. Add the fish powder and a 1/2 of the grind spices. Stir and add the shrimp powder, curry powder and seasoning cube. The fish and shrimp powder give the khebab powder an umami flavor and makes it fragrant also. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust salt.

You should know that you can stop at this stage if you like the taste, otherwise keep on adding the rest of the ingredients gradually until you achieve your desired taste. I add everything together at once.

Store in a dry airtight container with lid and use whenever you want on grilled, fried meats, even fries.