Braised goat meat is a Somali favourite. I learnt how to cook goat meat in this fashion from my mother and grandmother. Thanks to them the result is always tender, melt off the bone meat.
This tangy, zesty chicken dish is big on flavour and easy to prepare. Zaatar, a middle eastern spice mix which contains thyme, basil, oregano, sumac and sesame seeds, is the main spice I have used. If you don’t have zaatar use a mix of the herbs you can find.
I enjoy giving tradition a new twist so when a Vietnamese friend served me some vegetables in a lettuce cup I thought I would try that idea on Somali food. Combining meat and salad seemed like a good way to go and my suqaar lettuce cup recipe was born.
Goat is a popular meat amongst the nomadic Somali people who praise its soft, juicy taste. Roasting the goat whole is the preferred method of cooking. In this recipe I have used a spice blend to marinate the meat. The result is soft, succulent, fall off the bone meat that is packed with flavour.
You expect raclette, cheese fondue and rosti in a Swiss kitchen and not tamarind flavoured kebabs, but for Kenyan-born Fatuma the flavours of home have helped her acclimatise to her new world. Read more
Maraq hilib ido also known as fuud hilib ido is the Somali equivalent of the famous Jewish chicken soup. If you live in a Somali household or have Somali neighbours, this is the soup you will be given if you have a cold, breastfeeding or happen to be well liked!
It may surprise many to know that pasta is the de facto national dish of Somalia. We call it baasto in Somali (we have no letter ‘p’ in the Somali language).
Everyone along the East African coast will know mishkaki as we call these tender grilled meat or chicken skewers. This is one my favourite dishes. It reminds me so much of the street food we enjoyed as teenagers!
In Somali, hilib kuuskuus literally means meat that has been formed into balls. The dish, also known as kofta, has its origin in the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. Sometimes it is made without the sauce, and the meatballs are served dry like a kabab.