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Learn How to Make Flavorful Somali Suqaar With This Recipe Video

Here's a simple recipe video for Somali suqaar, a fried meat dish that's jam-packed with flavor.

During the month of November, OkayAfrica will celebrate and highlight all things African food.

In our latest recipe video, we show you how to make, Somali suqaar, a flavorful, herb infused meat dish that will excite your taste buds.

See how to make the Somali staple in the video below, and check out the full recipe underneath.


Ingredients:

1lb beef stew meat

1 tsp Onion powder

1 tsp Black pepper

½ stock cube

1 tsp Salt

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¼ cup canola oil

1 potato

1 carrot

½ green bell pepper

½ chilli pepper

½ onion

1 garlic clove

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp cilantro

1 tsp Salt

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2 cups of chicken stock

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Cilantro (garnish)

Preparation:

In a hot wok, add beef stew meat, onion powder, black pepper, stock cube and salt.

Mix in and leave to marinate on stove for 7 mins

Add canola oil and onions. Sautee until onions turn translucent

Add cilantro, cumin, potato, garlic, green bell pepper, chilli pepper, carrot and salt and stir.

Pour chicken stock and leave until water is reduced

Garnish with cilantro

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Credits

Editor: Kanil Ward

Producer: Chika Okoli

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