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Beef Mishkaki Recipe: A Tanzanian Street Food Favorite

Beef Mishkaki Recipe: A Tanzanian Street Food Favorite

The scents of sizzling meat and aromatic spices permeate the air in Tanzanian streets. Vendors skillfully turn skewers of beef over hot coals, infusing them with a smoky richness. This iconic street food is known as mishkaki or mshakiki, featuring succulent beef kabobs marinated in a complex blend of flavors.

Beef Mishkaki Recipe A Tanzanian Street Food Favorite - Beck & Bulow

In Swahili, "mishkaki" literally translates to "skewer", aptly describing how the meat is prepared. As you bite into the tender beef with hints of cumin, garlic, and chili, you’ll understand why mishkaki has been a favorite for generations.

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A Rich History Behind Tanzanian Kabobs

Mishkaki kabobs have their roots in Swahili cuisine, which has been influenced by various trade routes passing through East Africa. The complex mix of spices mirrors the wide range of influences on Swahili cooking, showcasing its prominence in global trade.

The dish resembles other kabob skewers enjoyed in the Middle East and North Africa, illustrating how migration and commerce facilitated the exchange of culinary ideas. As it evolved over the years, mishkaki became ingrained in Tanzania’s street food culture.

At present, Mishaki is an iconic street food in Tanzania. Mishkaki is ubiquitous in cities like Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Zanzibar - you’ll find vendors with sizzling skewers sending out finger-licking aromas on busy street corners, markets, and bus stations.

Visitors on a Tanzania family safari often savor Mishkaki as a campfire snack after a day of wildlife viewing. Mishkaki has become deeply ingrained in the local culture, cherished not only for its flavor but also for the memories and sense of community it fosters.

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Crafting Authentic Beef Mishkaki Kabobs

To prepare authentic mishkaki kabobs, it all starts with choosing the right cut of beef. Lean options like rump steak or sirloin are preferred, as they remain juicy when grilled. The meat then gets a robust marinade using a tapestry of aromatic ingredients:

  • Acidic components: Citrus juices, vinegar, and tamarind add both tanginess and tenderizing properties.
  • Spices: A complex blend of cumin, ginger, garlic, turmeric, thyme, allspice, coriander, and dried chiles.
  • Fruits: Some recipes include grated papaya or other fruits that contain enzymes that help tenderize the meat.

This marinade infuses the beef with flavor and gives it a melt-in-your-mouth texture. The meat marinates for an extended time, sometimes overnight, to allow the ingredients to work their magic.

Step-By-Step Guide to Making Beef Mishkaki

Follow these simple steps for authentic, flavor-packed beef mishkaki at home:

  1. Choose the right cut of beef:  Opt for lean yet flavorful cuts like sirloin or rump steak. Avoid tougher cuts that may not tenderize well.
  2. Trim and cut the beef: Use around 1 lb of rump steak or sirloin, trim excess fat, and cut into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Prepare the marinade: Mix together the acidic components, spices, herbs, fruits, and 1/4 cup oil in a bowl. Season aggressively with salt and pepper.
  4. Marinate the meat: Place the beef cubes in a ziplock bag or shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the meat and massage it in. Marinate in the fridge for 6-12 hours.
  5. Skewer the meat: Thread 4-5 pieces of beef onto each metal or wooden skewer, leaving a little space between each cube.
  6. Grill the kabobs: Heat up an outdoor grill, grill pan, or broiler. Cook the mishkaki for 3-5 minutes on each side until charred and cooked through. Brush with extra marinade during cooking.

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That's all it takes to create these succulent beef skewers right at home! Now, let's delve into the best ways to serve and savor mishkaki.

Serving Suggestions for Beef Mishkaki

In Tanzania, mishkaki kabobs are found everywhere from bustling street stalls to home kitchens. Mishkaki makes for the perfect snack around the campfire after a day out on safari. It brings a taste of Tanzanian cuisine to mealtimes in the bush.

The smoky aroma of beef grilling over an open fire under the stars takes the safari experience to another level. Mishkaki is a protein-packed meal while on the go through national parks spotting Africa's incredible wildlife. They make for a stellar addition to any meal.

Here are some popular ways to serve them:

  • Alongside Swahili dishes like biryani or ugali.
  • With French fries or potato wedges.
  • On a bed of salad or coleslaw.
  • Wrapped in flatbread with tomatoes, onions, and tamarind sauce.
  • As an appetizer, starter, or passed around at parties.

A wedge of lemon adds a bright pop of acidity. The complex spices in the meat pair well with an ice-cold beer or fruity African tea. However you choose to enjoy these skewers, the richly seasoned beef is sure to be satisfying!

Regional Variations Across East Africa

While beef may be the star ingredient in Tanzania, neighboring countries put their own spin on mishkaki using local flavors and ingredients:

In Kenya, goat, lamb, and chicken are popular proteins for mishkaki. The Kenyan versions use a spice blend with more curry powder compared to the Tanzanian kind. Other variations include alternating meat with onions, tomatoes, and peppers on the skewer.

Ugandan mishkaki embraces offal and a variety of meats like liver, kidney, heart, or gizzard. These protein-packed bits are interspersed with chunks of regular meat on the skewer. The Ugandan marinade also incorporates smoked chili and peanut powder for a nutty, roasted flavor.

Along the Kenyan coast, you'll find mishkaki speared with seafood like shrimp, squid rings, fish cubes, and scallops. The Swahili-style seasoning pairs exceptionally well with the salty sweetness of ocean fare. Grilled pineapple and mango sometimes make an appearance too.

For vegetarians, mishkaki is prepared using paneer, tofu, portobello mushrooms, squash, bell peppers, and eggplant. The vegetable skewers are marinated in a mixture of yogurt, tamarind, and warm spices like cumin, coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon.

As you travel through Kenya, Uganda, or the coastal regions of Tanzania, be on the lookout for local variations of mishkaki kabobs! The core remains the same: succulent protein and vegetables grilled on skewers. But the regional influences bring delightful twists to this East African street food.

Final Thoughts

Mishkaki kabobs offer just a taste of the incredible street food culture in Tanzania. With a history influenced by so many cultures and trading routes, these tasty beef skewers really sum up the diversity of Swahili cuisine.

Feeling hungry just by thinking about it? The next time you host a barbecue or need a quick weeknight dinner, give this recipe a try. Take a bite as the fragrance of sizzling beef and spices fills your kitchen. You’ll be transported right to the streets of Dar es Salaam!

Frequently Asked Questions About Beef Mishkaki

If you’re new to making and enjoying this Tanzanian specialty, you may have some questions. Here are answers to some of the most common FAQs:

  • What are some common mistakes to avoid with mishkaki prep?

  • Using the wrong cut of meat, skimping on the marinade time, and overcooking the kabobs. Stick to lean beef, marinate for at least 6 hours, and grill just until charred.

  • How does Tanzanian mishkaki differ from other African skewered meats?

  • While there are many regional variations, Tanzanian mishkaki stands out for its complex marinade and focus on beef over other proteins.

  • Can I make vegetarian mishkaki?

  • Absolutely! Substitute meat for your favorite veggies, tofu, halloumi, or paneer cheese. Adjust the marinade as needed.

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    • Chopped fresh parsley
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    5. Add another tablespoon of ghee into the skillet. Add the flour in and whisk to combine. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned flavorful bits from the bottom of the skillet and stir to incorporate.
    6. Add the finely minced garlic to the skillet. Cook for about a minute, whisking constantly.
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    9. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the stew thickens.
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    Pasture Raised American Wagyu Beef


    Our beef is completely free range, raised on our beautiful ranch just outside of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The cows are a variety of American Wagyu that resulted from breeding Japanese Wagyu cows with American Angus. The result is flavorful, tender cuts of beef that look and taste amazing. These cows live essentially wild, roaming free on a wide open expanse of beautiful land in northern New Mexico. There is a stream running through the ranch, lots of trees and absolutely stunning scenery nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. They are pasture raised and true to Japanese tradition, have access to high quality grain as they desire.


    How To Make Liver And Onions That Actually Tastes Good - Beck & Bulow

    Ingredients:



    • 1 pound bison liver or American Wagyu beef liver, sliced thin (¼ inch slices)
    • Juice of 3 lemons
    • 1 cup spelt flour
    • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
    • ¼ cup bison tallow
    • 2 large yellow onions, sliced thin
    • 2 tablespoons pasture raised butter
    • 2 tablespoons avocado oil

    Also Read: Korean Bibimbap Bowls With Bison Sirloin Steak


    Instructions:



    1. Place the sliced liver in a dish and marinate in lemon juice for 3-6 hours.
    2. Mix together the flour and about ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a bowl.
    3. When the liver has finished marinating, remove the meat from the lemon juice and gently pat dry. Coat each slice in the flour, shaking off any excess. Set the flour coated pieces aside on a plate as you go.
    4. Melt the bison tallow in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the liver slices, working in batches as necessary. Set the cooked liver in a baking dish and keep warm in an oven heated to 100-150 degrees Fahrenheit.
    5. In another large skillet, heat the butter and avocado oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook them low and slow for approximately 30 minutes. They should be soft, golden brown and very fragrant.
    6. Serve the warm liver slices generously topped with onions. Enjoy immediately.

    How To Make Liver And Onions That Actually Tastes Good - Beck & Bulow

    The Beck & Bulow Team Is Here To Help


    At Beck & Bulow, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We’re always here to help if you have any questions regarding your meat, want help making selections, or are just looking for some cooking tips. Every time you call our office, you’ll be directly connected with one of our team members right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we’re based.


    Also Read: How To Make Cuban Picadillo With American Wagyu Beef


    Every cut of meat is pressure sealed and flash frozen immediately after butchering at the peak of freshness. We work exclusively with master butchers who make every cut with care and precision. All orders are hand packed at our Santa Fe warehouse, shipped in a reusable cooler with dry ice and delivered straight to your doorstep. Check out our selections of humanely raised elk, bison, grass fed beef, lamb, wild boar, poultry and wild caught Alaskan seafood.

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    Instant Pot BBQ Brisket With Bison Or American Wagyu Beef

    Instant Pot BBQ Brisket With Bison Or American Wagyu Beef

    Do you find yourself craving barbecue (BBQ) brisket in the winter months? I know I do - luckily, there are some easy ways to make delicious brisket without stepping foot outside in the cold. The Instant Pot is one of my favorite ways to cook meat, especially slow cook cuts. It’s so time efficient and the meat comes out incredibly tender every time. Brisket is a perfect candidate for this cook method. If you have a really large cut of brisket, just slice it down enough that it fits easily into the pot. You can always put extra uncooked brisket in a sealed container and refreeze for later use. This brisket makes the best sandwiches or can stand on its own as the main dish with some yummy sides. Use your favorite barbecue sauce and definitely don’t skip the spice rub! Marinating overnight is best but a couple hours will do if you’re short on time.


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    Instant Pot BBQ Brisket With Bison Or American Wagyu Beef - Beck & Bulow

    Free Range Bison, Raised The Way Nature Intended


    Our bison live free range on 20,000 beautiful acres here in New Mexico, or roam freely on our carefully selected partner ranches. They are pasture raised and never administered any amount of hormones, steroids or antibiotics. These are powerful, strong animals that live essentially wild with minimal handling. There were once 60 million bison roaming North America, and we hope to see their numbers increase back to even 1 million during our lifetime. By increasing the demand for ethically sourced bison meat, we can help to bolster their population. The more people that want to purchase this nourishing and nutrient dense meat, the more farmers will be encouraged to raise bison. This directly helps to increase the number of herds which assists in providing genetic diversity for the population.


    Also Read: Instant Pot Hoisin Meatballs With Bison & Wild Boar


    Pasture Raised American Wagyu Beef


    Our beef is completely free range, raised on our beautiful ranch just outside of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The cows are a variety of American Wagyu that resulted from breeding Japanese Wagyu cows with American Angus. The result is flavorful, tender cuts of beef that look and taste amazing. These cows live essentially wild, roaming free on a wide open expanse of beautiful land in northern New Mexico. There is a stream running through the ranch, lots of trees and absolutely stunning scenery nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. They are pasture raised and true to Japanese tradition, have access to high quality grain as they desire.


    Instant Pot BBQ Brisket With Bison Or American Wagyu Beef - Beck & Bulow

    Ingredients:



    • 2 lbs bison brisket or American Wagyu beef brisket
    • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
    • 2 teaspoons green chile powder
    • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
    • ½ teaspoon dill
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 cups barbecue sauce of choice
    • ½ cup bison bone broth
    • 1 medium onion, sliced
    • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

    Also Read: Recipe: Korean Bibimbap Bowls With Bison Sirloin Steak


    Instant Pot BBQ Brisket With Bison Or American Wagyu Beef - Beck & Bulow

    Instructions:



    1. Mix together all of the seasoning ingredients (everything except for the barbecue sauce, bone broth, sliced onion and minced garlic) in a small bowl. Generously rub the mixture all over the brisket. Cover or wrap the meat and let it marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
    2. When the brisket has finished marinating, place it in the Instant Pot. Add barbecue sauce and ½ cup bison bone broth.
    3. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and use the High Pressure setting for 1 hour 20 minutes. When it’s finished cooking, carefully release the pressure on the Instant Pot. When completed, remove the lid and place the brisket on a cutting board. Let the meat rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
    4. Cut the brisket into thin slices against the grain. Serve with barbecue sauce served generously over top.

    The Beck & Bulow Team Is Here To Help


    At Beck & Bulow, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We’re always here to help if you have any questions regarding your meat, want help making selections, or are just looking for some cooking tips. Every time you call our office, you’ll be directly connected with one of our team members right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we’re based.


    Also Read: How To Make Cuban Picadillo With American Wagyu Beef


    Every cut of meat is pressure sealed and flash frozen immediately after butchering at the peak of freshness. We work exclusively with master butchers who make every cut with care and precision. All orders are hand packed at our Santa Fe warehouse, shipped in a reusable cooler with dry ice and delivered straight to your doorstep. Check out our selections of humanely raised chicken, elk, bison, beef, lamb, wild boar, pork and seafood.

    Read more
    American Wagyu Beef Keto Blend, Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

    American Wagyu Beef Keto Blend, Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

    This easy casserole really has it all - the beefy flavor of American Wagyu, a creamy sauce, melted cheese and crisp broccoli. This is a recipe intended for fitting the macros of a ketogenic diet. If you’re not following keto and would prefer to lighten it up a bit, you can easily substitute the ground keto blend for our regular ground beef, bison or elk, half and half instead of the cream and sour cream instead of cream cheese. Either way, this quick dinner is convenient and will not disappoint when it comes to flavor. The rich and creamy sauce is satisfying and decadent, and the classic combination of broccoli and cheese is always a winner.


    Also Read: How To Make Cuban Picadillo With American Wagyu Beef


    American Wagyu Beef Keto Blend, Broccoli & Cheese Casserole - Beck & Bulow

    What Is The Keto Diet?


    This diet was developed mainly as a treatment for epilepsy in children that has been found to be highly effective in reducing seizures. However, many people who follow a ketogenic diet are not epliptic and do so for other reported benefits. The goal of a ketogenic diet is to go into ketosis, a state in which your body burns fat for energy instead of carbs. Ketosis requires a pretty specific balance of nutrients. Little to no carbohydrates are permitted. The majority of calories should come from fat, with adequate protein intake. Many people report feeling mental clarity and improved energy levels while following keto. It’s been shown to be quite effective for weight loss, as well as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.


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    For anyone following keto or looking to add more healthy fat to their diet, we’ve got the perfect ground beef blend to cook with. Specifically formulated for keto macros, this American Wagyu ground beef has a 60:40 lean to fat ratio. The flavor and texture are outstanding and it’s a pleasure to cook with. A ground blend like this will help you reach your fat requirement for the day, and it makes for some seriously delicious meals.


    Pasture Raised American Wagyu Beef


    Our beef is completely free range, raised on our beautiful ranch just outside of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The cows are a variety of American Wagyu that resulted from breeding Japanese Wagyu cows with American Angus. The result is flavorful, tender cuts of beef that look and taste amazing. These cows live essentially wild, roaming free on a wide open expanse of beautiful land in northern New Mexico. There is a stream running through the ranch, lots of trees and absolutely stunning scenery nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. They are pasture raised and true to Japanese tradition, have access to high quality grain as they desire.


    American Wagyu Beef Keto Blend, Broccoli & Cheese Casserole - Beck & Bulow

    Ingredients:



    • 1 pound ground American Wagyu Beef Keto Blend
    • 3 ounces cultured cream cheese
    • ½ cup bison bone broth
    • ½ cup heavy cream
    • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 ½ pounds broccoli florets, chopped
    • ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

    Also Read: Quick Weeknight Stir Fry With American Wagyu Sirloin Steak


    Instructions:



    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Cook the ground bison in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the meat just until browned. Drain off any excess fat from the skillet.
    3. Add the cream cheese, heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Stir to combine. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce and simmer until it thickens noticeably.
    5. Stir in the chopped broccoli, then top it off with the cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through, broccoli is tender and the cheese is melted.

    The Beck & Bulow Team Is Here To Help


    At Beck & Bulow, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We’re always here to help if you have any questions regarding your meat, want help making selections, or are just looking for some cooking tips. Every time you call our office, you’ll be directly connected with one of our team members right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we’re based.


    Also Read: Humble Hawaiian Loco Moco With American Wagyu Beef


    Every cut of meat is pressure sealed and flash frozen immediately after butchering at the peak of freshness. We work exclusively with master butchers who make every cut with care and precision. All orders are hand packed at our Santa Fe warehouse, shipped in a reusable cooler with dry ice and delivered straight to your doorstep. Check out our selections of humanely raised chicken, elk, bison, beef, lamb, wild boar, pork and seafood.

    Read more
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