Servings : Serves 4-6

Mishkaki is a famous East African bbq meat delicacy. Cubes of steak are marinated and then skewered and grilled until tender, the result is succulent, moist and delicious barbecued meat morsels. It is somewhat similar to the desi beef boti.


  • 1 kg beef steak, cubed (use a good cut like rump steak)
  • 2 tbsp. ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 4 tbsp grated raw papaya (acts as a tenderizer)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 4 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. tamarind paste or lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. blended dhania/fresh coriander paste
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper powder


Mix all the ingredients well, and then allow the beef cubes to marinate preferably overnight for the meat to tenderize.

Skewer the meat, and cook over a hot charcoal grill or under an oven broiler until slightly charred and tender. You can brush a bit of oil during the cooking process so that the meat doesn’t dry out. Keep turning the skewers as you grill to ensure the meat is cooked evenly. Be careful not to overcook as this will dry and toughen the meat.

Serve with fries and a salad.


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