How to make Ghanaian Kyinkyinga

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This must be one of the most common street foods around Ghana and i am sure everyone has had some. Even the thought of it makes me hungry.

Kyinkyinga (Pronounced chinchinga) is Ghanaian version of Kebab. It can be made with beef, chicken or pretty much what every meat u like as long as its boneless haha

Kyinkyinga is sometimes made in different ways, but i’ve discovered that this is the most easiest way and adding your home made suya spice makes it even better!

To make Kyinkyinga you will need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Boneless chicken or meat
  • 2 fat cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1Maggie cube (optional)
  • 1 large red bell pepper cut in cubes
  • 1 large green pepper cut in cubes
  • 1 large red onion cut in cubes

Suya Spice

  • ½ cup grounded roasted peanuts (milled into powder with excess oil taken out so that it is very dry)
  • ¼ cup each chili powder
  • ¼ cup roasted paprika powder
  • ¼ cup of garlic salt
  • ¼ cup Onion powder
  • ¼ cup dried mixed herbs
  • Salt to taste

1. First of all you will need to Blend your ginger, garlic, onion, stock cube seasoning with the oil to form a smooth paste. Now set this aside.

2. Now cut your chicken or meat into chunks and Add the paste all over the meat or chicken and marinate for about an hour.

3. Skewer the seasoned chicken pieces alternating with the peppers and onions and set aside.

4. Mix all the ingredients for the suya seasoning into a large bowl.

5. Once the suya seasoning is ready, sprinkle some of it on the skewered chicken/meat and grill till it is cooked and browned both sides.

6. Remove from the heat and sprinkle a bit more of the suya powder on it and serve.

Now enjoy!! 🙂

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What people really eat in Ghana.

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The reason for my post today is to let people know what people really eat in Ghana as i have some ignorant “so called friends” who assume Ghanaian’s eat all sorts of crazy food! Another reason for this post is because i will be flying out to Ghana next month! 😀 So i am ready to try more lovely Ghanaian dishes.

Other than the Ghanaian food i have tried in UK like okra stew, what else do Ghanaian’s really eat? I have made a list below of what i know my Ghanaian friends love to eat. There may be many more but i am sure ill find out when i arrive in Ghana on May 🙂

MAIN DISHES EATEN IN GHANA

  • Kenkey
  • Jollof rice
  • Banku
  • Fufu
  • Tuo Zaafi (Mainly in Northern Ghana)
  • Gari
  • Fonfom (mainly in Southern Ghana)
  • Koobi, chinam, crayfish and smoked fish 
  • Boiled Yam
  • Plantain
  • groundnut (peanut) soup,
  • nyadowa (garden egg stew)

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That is some of the things i know most Ghanaian’s enjoy. There is a lot of stews and soups in Ghana and a lot of spices like thyme, garlic, ginger and bay leaf. Also a lot of vegetables like tomatoes, Wild mushrooms and eggplant. The main Meats and fish eaten in Ghana are Goat, sheep, Pork, chicken, Beef,  crab, periwinkles, shrimp, octopus, duck and many more.

Coconut oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter, Palm kernel oil, and peanut oil are some of the local oils used for cooking and frying. As for breakfast, Most people tend to eat rice n stew around lunch time, NOT everyone though! Some of my friends in Ghana enjoy some porridge in the morning.

Plantain is also common in Ghana along with many other things like Fresh fruit (mainly Banana’s, Pineapples, Mangoes but there is many more). Palm Wine is one of the more common beverages in Ghana but i am sure there is manyyyyyy more 🙂

So as you can see, Ghanaian’s dont eat crazy outrageous foods as most people “assume” when they hear the word “Ghana” or “Africa”. Like every country, Ghana has its own special soups and different foods but other than that, it is pretty much like every where else, It is only a different STYLE of cooking! 🙂 I have to say, i am hoping i find some Nigerian Egusi soup out there tho 😦 lol i cant go all that time without some yummy pounded yam and egusi soup hehe

Thanks for reading, My next post on Ghana will be on May when i am finally there (When i get the chance to write as i will be out exploring) 🙂