Suqaar Lettuce Cups

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.

Suqaar is Somali diced stir-fry beef or lamb made simply with onion, tomato and sometimes a bit of spice. It is usually eaten with canjeero (a sourdough flat bread or sabaayad, a wheat flatbread).

The suqaar lettuce cups were a great success in my Somali kitchen. My family said that the combination of spicy meat and the crunch and freshness of the lettuce leaves made for a memorable entrée dish. I guess you will have to try it out for yourself to see if you agree!

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Suqaar Lettuce Cups

Recipe by:
Abderazzaq Noor


500g lamb or beef, finely diced into small cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced finely
2 tablespoons tomato puree
½ teaspoon of ground cumin (optional)
½ red capsicum, chopped into small pieces (leave some for garnish)
Salt to taste (about ¼ teaspoon should be enough)
4 – 6 lettuce leaves, folded into cups


1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat.
2. Add the lamb and a pinch of salt
3. Add the onion, ground cumin, tomato puree and capsicum. Stir fry the meat for 3 – 4 minutes or until just cooked. Remove from heat.
4. Spoon the meat onto the lettuce cups and garnish with a sprinkle of the diced capsicum.

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Serves: 4 - 6 people

One Response to “Suqaar Lettuce Cups”

  1. Aria

    These look so refreshing !!I like all the images of your post, Thanks for sharing!!!


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