Beef Suya Wrap with a Spicy Hummus and Yogurt Sauce
Seeing as I’ve been craving and obsessing over suya a lot lately, writing up my attempt to reproduce it seemed like the next logical thing to do.
In case you wondered, suya is a West African kebab-esque treat made by grilling thinly sliced skewered meat that has been rubbed with a nutty spice blend. It’s usually then served with a few diced tomatoes, maybe some onion slices, and a generous serving of suya pepper.
Today I felt inspired by the Middle East and decided to play up those flavors and techniques with this supremely African delicacy. I’ve made a beef suya wrap with a spicy hummus and yogurt sauce blend that helps mellow the peppery sensation from the spice rub quite well. Hope you enjoy.
*This suya is cooked in the oven without skewers
Yields 2 Servings
3 tablespoons ground peanuts, roasted
1.5 tablespoons cayenne pepper (use less if you don’t want it too spicy)
1 tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ lb top round, thinly sliced
2 pinches salt
Oil, as needed
Spicy Hummus Yoghurt Sauce
3 tablespoons plain hummus
5-6 tablespoons plain yoghurt
½ teaspoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons suya pepper
Salt to taste (roughly 1 tsp)
1 tablespoon parsley (optional)
2 large slices of soft tortilla bread (or 4 small slices)
1 tomato, diced
Romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
½ cucumber, diced (optional)
- Using a spice grinder, pestle and mortar or blender, crush roasted peanuts until powdered. Avoid making peanut butter. Mix with all other ingredients and set aside.
- Cut beef roughly into 1×2 inch pieces. Season with salt and lightly coat with oil. Dredge in suya pepper. Set aside. Heat oven to 170°C (350°F) with an oiled grill pan inside.
- While oven heats, add hummus to a bowl and gradually mix in yogurt. Add garlic, lemon juice, suya pepper, salt and parsley (if using). Check seasoning and set aside.
- When oven is ready, place suya on hot pan and cook for 10-15 minutes for very well done (as a lot of Africans prefer their meat), turning after 5-7 minutes. For medium, no more than about 5 minutes total as the pieces are very thin and will cook quickly. Remove and set aside.
- To serve, warm tortilla bread and add suya, tomatoes, cucumber (if using), lettuce and sauce in bread and wrap. Best when suya and bread are still warm.