Nyama Choma

Introducing Nyama choma (Barbecue ) every weekend.

This recipe for Nyama Choma (roasted meat) features an innovative use of curry powder in a marinade. Roasted meat is popular in Eastern Africa. Nyama choma works well with any red meat; beef short ribs are the favorite.

Quick Recipe for Nyama Choma

What you need

  • two to three pounds of beef short ribs -- or any meat suitable for roasting
  • two cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of one or two lemons
  • curry powder (In Kenya, Simba Mbili curry powder, a brand of curry powder, is a favorite)
  • turmeric
  • coriander
  • paprika
  • salt & black pepper


steps to prepare

Combine the lemon juice, garlic, and spices (to taste) in a large glass dish, mix well. Add meat. Stir to coat meat with marinade. Allow to marinate at least one hour. Grill meat over charcoal, or broil it in a hot oven.