Suqaar (Sauteed Meat)

Somali suqaar is quick fried meat – beef, chicken or lamb, that’s been very finely diced.  This is another dish that is quick and easy to make.

I usually order the diced meat from my local butcher who has become used to serving Somalis asking for suqaar meat.  In this recipe I have used lamb.

Traditionally we serve suqaar with canjeero, a kind of fermented crepe like bread, sabaayad, a flatbread or muufo, a corn bread.

Video: courtesy of SBS TV Food Safari, a popular food show in Australia which interviewed me for a series of dishes.

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Suqaar (Sauteed Meat)

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500g lamb, finely cubed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 tablespoons tomato puree
½ red capsicum, chopped into small pieces


1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat.
2. Add the lamb and a pinch of salt
3. Add the onion, tomato puree and capsicum. Stir fry the meat for a few minutes until cooked. Remove from heat.



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Serves: 4 - 6 people

11 Responses to “Suqaar (Sauteed Meat)”

  1. Alia

    Yum! Making this for lunch tomorrow!
    Mahadsanid Shukri 😀

  2. chuchu

    Wow I will make for my family. I told my children this recipe from my cousin.

  3. Sarah

    Can you use beef stew cubes instead for the meat instead of lamb?

  4. Chuchu

    What is capsicum

  5. Ariel Wade

    Why no recipe for goat meat? Some people from other parts of the world eat goat but don’t know how to cook it. If I could cook it I wouldn’t need to go eat out at so many Somali restaurants.

  6. Nazima Ali

    I tried suqaar at a Somali restaurant and fell in love with it so I bought beef cubes from my local Somali butchers but how long do I cook the meat for? Thanks


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