DIY Recipes: How to make Kyinkyinga (Suya) powder

Suya or Kyinkyinga powder is a popular West African spice used in seasoning or garnishing roasted meats.

Kyinkyinga (Suya) powder

If you have ever tasted the popular kyinkyinga (goat kebabs), a street food from Ghana, you will understand the magic, this spice transforms a normal goat kebab to that tasty, delicious, juicy, meat full of African flavours.


1 cup roasted peanuts

1 tbsp ginger powder

1 – 2 tbsp cayenne pepper powder (depending on how spicy you like it)

1 large shrimp cube

Pinch of salt


Place the peanuts, ginger powder, cayenne pepper, shrimp cube into a food processor or blender.

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and well mixed. Taste the mixture to see if you have enough heat from the cayenne pepper. I will recommend starting with ½ tsp of cayenne pepper and increase the quantity to your taste.

Add a pinch of salt just to taste.

Place the powdered mixture in an airtight container and store it in a cool dry place.


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