The Legendary KilishiAhh! It’s the always delicious, mouth-watering, legendary kilishi. No matter how much you try to keep your beef-eating portion to the barest minimum, you may never seem to get enough of kilishi. This yummy jerky delight is surely a real blessing from the North. Kilishi goes well with almost any meal that comes to mind – be it rice, noodles, porridge, sauces – you name it; kilishi always complements them deliciously.
What is Kilishi?Kilishi is the Hausa name for dried Nigerian beef jerky that is made from cow, goat or sometimes horse meat. It’s just like a dried form of Suya and it’s produced from slabs of meat seasoned with salt, pepper and spices, smoked and dried. It’s sun-dried to preserve it for long-term storage. It is a Nigerian delicacy commonly eaten with pap (akamu), cassava flakes (garri), and other accompaniments.
Origin/History of Nigerian KilishiKilishi is a word that has existed in our Nigerian vocabulary as far back as the days of our great grandparents. Most of us aren’t sure exactly where Kilishi originated from, but stories tell it came during the period of Jihad, when most cattle were moved to different areas for protection. So creating dried meats became a convenient way to preserve food and not waste everything. Eventually, the recipes developed, and it introduced Kilishi in many parts of Nigeria and we all love it because Kilishi can be a yummy snack, main course or side dish all with different flavours and textures.
What does Kilishi taste like?What does Kilishi (Nigerian Meat Jerky) taste like? It’s tough to answer that question without tasting our sample packs in person, but seriously though, what we know is that there are many ways to describe Kilishi–flavorful, savoury, salty, crunchy–but we’re going with the closest description we have found: It tastes like meat. So basically, it’s chewy, full-flavoured, and best of all, a very healthy snack.
Is Kilishi good for your health?That moment when your grandma encourages you to eat kilishi so that you don’t fall sick. LOL. Kilishi is a healthy snack with a lot of health benefits. This is because it has 40% of the recommended amount of quality protein intake that’s natural enough for your diet. It also has a good amount of healthy vitamins and minerals that will keep you running smoothly all day long. The dried beef used to make kilishi is at its peak quality, which makes it easy to digest and improves your immunity! It’s a great option if you are looking for a healthy snack to represent the health benefits you get from the rest of your diet. So, ask yourself why do you need to eat fast food when your budget allows for healthy snacks like Kilishi, instead of those convenience store fast food meals? So, here are some of the listed health benefits of Kilishi provides for you: 1. Helps for weight loss Kilishi is a very popular weight-loss snack that’s very helpful for people who want to lose weight fast. First, the product does not increase your insulin level at all, which basically means it does not increase fat storage. And second, it does not cause you to gain any excess belly fat. Eating Kilishi in portion can be the best way to completely lose weight without dieting, exercising and starving yourself. So, if you are looking for how to lose weight, it’s important to know how to use Kilishi and understand what benefits it has for weight loss. Obviously, you cannot expect to lose weight just by snacking on Kilishi. The point is to include Kilishi in between your meals, which is ideal eating if you’re trying to lose weight. 2. It doesn’t give you fats Well, Kilishi doesn’t give you fats. It gives you energy! That’s much we can guarantee, because after you’ve finished 3 weeks of portion eating of our healthy Kilishi, you’ll understand that we stripped away the fat during the preparation and drying process. This leaves kilishi 95% fat-free and wholesome for healthy, wholesome eating. 3. Healthy for the heart and blood vessels Kilishi (Nigerian Meat Jerky) is one of the healthiest heart-friendly snacks in Nigeria. One of the ingredients used in the preparation of Kilishi is garlic. Garlic is very good for your heart. The anti-oxidant properties of Allicin (found in garlic) help to lower cholesterol levels. Kilishi is a dominant source of nutrients. Plus, it’s very easy to digest and improving blood circulation. It’s also a complete meal with protein and fiber content and Vitamin B which helps in the production of collagen that strengthens our immune system and parts of our body when damaged or weakened. 4. Good for Diabetics and low in carbs Kilishi is a keto-friendly Nigerian snack that has no carbs or sugar except for those few times when an “Aboki or Nyarinya”” adds a small amount of sugar. Like, if you want to eat healthier but don’t want to pay more for healthy food, try Kilishi.
Nutritional facts of KilishiServings: 1 Pkt Calories 297 Total Fat 4 g Saturated fat 0 g Polyunsaturated fat 0g Monounsaturated fat 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Sodium 19 mg Potassium 0 mg Total Carbohydrate 8 g Sugar 0 g Protein 49 g
NOTE: When you are eating Kilishi, it’s important to drink lots of water, and to chew well. It can be hot, so don’t forget to drink juices or something else aside from water as well. It’s also very tasty served with yoghurt, smoothies or fruit shakes.
How do you make Kilishi?If you want to make your own kilishi at home and don’t know where to start from, here are the ingredients you’ll need to start making your own Nigerian beef jerky (Kilishi): Ingredients:
- 1 kg of fresh lean beef, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp ground Ginger
- Cloves (6 whole or ½ Tsp ground)
- 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
- Fresh garlic cloves (alternate with ground garlic)
- 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
- ½ Tsp Ground African nutmeg (optional)
- 1 Tbsp Ground Red Pepper (Paprika)
- 1 Tbsp Ground Chilli pepper
- 1 Tbsp Suya Spices
- 1 Tbsp Groundnut powder
- 2 Seasoning cubes/ ½ Tsp powder
- A pinch of salt