West African Tsire Coated Meatballs

by Hot Juan on January 19, 2010 · 0 comments

in Recipes

From West Africa, Tsire is a mixture of ground peanuts and spices that is used to coat meat before cooking, it is very quick and simple to make and adds a unique taste and texture.

Tsire Spice Powder/Mixture

To make the Tsire you will need:-

  • 200g Roasted peanuts
  • 2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Place all the ingredients in a  food processor and blizs until a course powder and you are ready to go.

This can be stored for a couple of months in a good airtight container, it can be used to coat almost any meat before cooking.

Lamb Meatballs


  • 800g Lamb Mince
  • 1 Onion Finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Crushed
  • 2 Chillies  Finely Chopped (Type depend on the heat you want)
  • 4 Tbps plain Yogurt
  • 1 Egg Beaten
  • Tsire Mixture (see above)

In a  large bowl mix the lamb, onion, Garlic, Yoghurt and Chilli  and then form into about 24 evenly sized balls (you could make sausage shapes or even form into kababs) then dip each one in the beaten egg and the roll in the Tsire to get an even coating.

They can then be cooked on the bbq or grilled, I roasted mine in the oven (We don’t have grill and it was to cold to light the BBQ).
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