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Kilishi drying in the sun (Nigeria).

Kilishi is a version of jerky that originated in Hausaland. It is a dried form of suya, made from deboned 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.

A paste made from peanuts, called labu, is diluted with enough water, spices, salt, ground onions, and sometimes sweeteners such as honey, to add sweetness. A more natural way to add sweetness is by adding 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 before roasting on a wire mesh.

Kilishi can be kept for months without much change to its taste.[1][2]


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Nigeria: Kano - Kilishi is Everything to the People". Retrieved 7 July 2016.

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