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Place of originHausaland
Main ingredientsDried meat (cow, sheep or goat meat)
Kilishi drying in the sun (Niger).


Kilishi is a version of jerky that originated in Hausaland specifically Niger . It is a dried form of suya, made from cow, sheep or goat meat.


  • 1 kg beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cloves powder
  • Pinch of ginger powder
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 paprika
  • 2 tablespoon of suya spice
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • Spices


Firstly, remove the bone from the cow, sheep or goat meat, Each of the selected muscles is sliced into sheets of one metre or less for easy drying. The dried sheets of meat are then collected and kept for the next process.[2]


A paste made from peanuts, called labu, is prepared by diluting with water. Spices, salt, ground onions, and sometimes sweeteners such as honey are added for flavor. A more natural way to add sweetness is with date palm. The dried "sheets" of meat are then immersed one by one in the labu paste to coat them, before being left to dry for hours.


After drying, the meat roasted on a wire mesh.[3] Kilishi originates mainly from the northern part of Nigeria and the northern part of Cameroon.[4][5] Kilishi was born out of necessity, to preserve meat for longer as the lean meat supplies protein enough for merchants traveling through the Sahara for trade.[6][7]

Kilishi can be kept for months without much change in its taste. It is a form of delicacy[8][9]


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  2. ^ "How To Make Kilishi (Nigerian Beef Jerky)". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2021-04-04. Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  3. ^ Kitchen-Butterfly/197573113935 (2015-05-15). "The Art, Science & Beauty of Kilishi". Kitchen Butterfly. Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  4. ^ "Production of killishi". ResearchGate.
  5. ^ Shama, Binta (2020-06-15). "Kilishi technology, a positive impact on Nigeria's GDP?". Blueprint Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  6. ^ Kitchen-Butterfly/197573113935 (2017-03-04). "On Kilishi: With Tigernuts & With Peanuts". Kitchen Butterfly. Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  7. ^ "Kilishi". 2021-06-08. Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  8. ^ "Special report: Kilishi, Nigeria's meat of possibilities (video documentary) - Nigeria Today". 30 April 2016. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Nigeria: Kano - Kilishi is Everything to the People". Retrieved 7 July 2016.

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