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Mbuzi Meatball Mshikaki

The day I was cooking these mbuzi meatball mshikaki, I was really upbeat. Reason being, I was cooking as I was talking to you guys via Instagram when I had my first “Ask Me Anything” of 2016. I had a ball and quite honestly, I was pleasantly shocked by the response I received from you guys {{hug}}. The post is still up and if it passed you by, you can always pass by my Instagram and ask me your question, no matter how random it is :))

The good mood I was in reflected in the end result of these meaty beauties. I personally feel when you cook when you are in a good mood, it always shows. Always! These were so good, so easy to make and the love you guys filled my heart with this past Sunday is pretty evident in the end result. So here is something fantastic for your Friday :))

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PREP TIME: 10 MIN         COOK TIME: 30 MIN          MAKES:5

Mbuzi Meatball Mshikaki Ingredients:

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1/2 a kg of minced goat meat

1 red onion, finely diced

1/2 a cup of finely chopped coriander

6 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 of a thumb sized ginger root

1/2 a tablespoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1/2 a tablespoon of garam masala

1/2 a teaspoon of salt

1 egg

3/4 cup of bread crumbs

Barbecue sauce

Onion chives or coriander for garnish



Put your minced mbuzi meat in a bowl.  To this, add the finely chopped coriander, red onion, ginger and garlic, your spices and salt and roughly mix it all up. Add the egg and bread crumbs them mix it once more until everything is evenly distributed. The eggs and breadcrumbs allow the balls to stick together and not come apart during the cooking process. Ensure all the components are finely chopped so that they mix in well with everything else.

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Roll your balls and set them aside. Do not roll your balls to big. For this mbuzi meatball mshikaki, plum sized meatballs are ideal.

I bought my goat meat from city  market. You select a cut and request them to mince it for you. If you do not have minced mbuzi readily available to you, you can use beef.

roll the balls into relatively smaller size since they are going to be

Heat some vegetable oil and shallow fry your meatballs until they get a lovely golden char on the outside and are cooked through. This will take 8-10 minutes.

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Take them from the heat and let them rest for a while. Toss them in some barbecue sauce and proceed to skewer them. I bought my skewers from Nakumatt. I can’t remember the exact price but they were below sh.250 and have lasted well over a year. Great deal!

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Garnish with your finely chopped onion chives ( finely chopped coriander) and serve. Wouldn’t you want to chow these mbuzi meatball mshikaki right now?? If only food on your screen was downloadable #slurpppp.

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Goat meat has a distinct taste which is so great roasted or shallow fried. These meatballs not only amplified that, but the taste was also made to come alive with awesome herbs such as coriander and one of my best kitchen ingredients, garlic. If you prefer not to have your meat balls spicy, you can always eliminate the cayenne pepper or start with a smaller amount.

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These mbuzi meatball mshikaki are a true feast for your eyes and party on your tongue :)))). These can go really well with viazi karai or bhajia or potato wedges or even ugali & kachumbari.

If you like this recipe and many more that are already on this blog, please feel free and vote for Kaluhi’s Kitchen in this years Blog Awards. I have provided a link just below the downloadable recipe. Tell a friend :)) But first, one last drool worthy picture…

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  1. Joy

    You make it so perfect and simple and yummmy….

    • kaluhiskitchen

      In true #KK fashion- simple,tasty and yummy :)))

  2. Shyleen

    Hii barbecue sauce is there a specific one ama any barbecue sauce will do??

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Any will do. Use your favorite barbecue sauce.

  3. Debbie

    if only I could vote 3 billion times!!!! this is the best Kenyan food blog of all time!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Aww! Truly honored that you enjoy my work! Thank you! Thank you! <3

  4. Victor Muthoka

    I can’t eat eggs. Anything to use as a replacement?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Pole sana! For this recipe, the eggs are very important since they help keep the meat together. And goat meat is very lean and the eggs really help in ‘gluing’ the balls. As for now, I do not know a suitable substitute.

  5. adashofpepper

    As always this looks great and taking us outside the box. It is not common that you come across the goat mince!! we are so used to beef!!

  6. Daisy

    Hi Kaluhi, its been a while since i last visited…. this is a great recipe, will definitely give it a try one of these weekends. BTW the usual scrambled eggs in (onions and tomatoes) i tried to give it a new taste, i added garlic and cumin, it turned out great 🙂

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Must TRY for sure!

  7. Shiro

    These look divinely deliiiiish!!!! Have always used beef, I think I will try the goat meat. I prefer to bake mine instead of shallow frying….I find it easier and healthier. Thanks for sharing.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I also use beef nearly all the time, but ofted for a little change this time :)). Also, you are totally free to cook your balls with your preferred method. Its a free world after all!

      Happy eating :)))

  8. kelvin

    Simple, yet artistic…the chives make it look like sprinkles on ice cream. ilove it. Just voted too. Amazing.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hey Kelvin!

      I can see you have a creative side to yourself too for noticing all the details so well :)) Thank you for your compliment and thank you for the vote too. Cheers !

  9. stephy kiddoh

    My kitchen journey is great!thanks to you kaluhi and ofcourse i have are the best.
    Thank you for sharing and improving our skills.bless you

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you for your vote and your faith in me! Really appreciate it <3. And you will def become even more kick ass as time goes by :))

  10. Kemi

    Hey Kaluhi l have ever tried making meatballs and some backfired on me when shallow frying because of sticking on the pan…how do you avoid that?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      What kind of pan are you using? Does it have a heavy-enough base?

  11. Shiru

    Love your blog. Tanks a lot for the awesome recipes. Could you do a post on marinades?

  12. Aquila

    Every time i check out your blog i get more inspired, am a better cook thanks to your recipes.. The meatballs i must try em out. Keep up Kaluhi

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Awesome!!! Keep going and keep cooking that fab food!

  13. lydia

    hii, what level of heat are you using to shallow fry them? and do you toss the meatballs in when the oil is very hot or?

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