For Christmas How to Choma Nyama like a pro

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They will praise you for your Nyama choma skills.......

Nyama Choma being grilled play Nyama Choma being grilled (Yummy Magazine)

Recipe for Nyama choma

Cooking time

2-3 hours

Recipe Cuisine


Cooking method






111 mg

Total Fat

82 g


0 mg


35 g

Total Carbs

0 g


0 g

Dietary Fiber

0 g


0 g


0 g


0 g


33 g


172 mg



Vitamin A




Vitamin C




*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 -2kg beef short ribs or 1 -2 kg beef, suitable for roasting
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 -2 lemons
  • curry powder, to taste
  • turmeric, to taste
  • coriander, to taste, fresh finely chopped
  • paprika, to taste
  • salt and black pepper, to taste

Recipe Instructions

  1. Clean the meat and dry them by patting. Do not trim off any excess fat because it helps keep the meat moist and tender.
  2. Combine the lemon juice, garlic and spices (to suit your taste) into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add the meat and coat the meat with the marinade and soak it for at least an hour. Refrigerating it in a freezer overnight is also a good option to marinade the meat if you prefer so.
  4. Grill or roast meat in the oven or grill.
  5. If grilling, light up a charcoal grill until all the coals are well lit and are covered with a white layer of ash. Put the meat onto skewers or place a wire mesh over the coals and then place the meat on top of the fire and allow it to cook until the meat starts colouring.
  6. Ensure that you regularly turn the meat so that it is evenly cooked on all sides.
  7. Baste the meat with some oil using a clean brush or some of the marinade that was left over to add flavor and prevent the meat from drying up as it is cooking.
  8. You can also wrap the meat in a double layer foil and place it on the grill so the inside continues to cook slowly.
  9. You can however choose to continue to grill without covering until cooked to your liking.

Recipe Yield

1 roast

About Nyama Choma

play Deputy President William Ruto enjoying Nyama Choma at a local hotel in Nairobi (Tuko)


Nyama Choma in Swahili means Grilled meat. Nyama Choma is an age old tradition of grilling meat on a direct flame until the outside fat is fully rendered and crispy, and the inside is juicy and well cooked. It is one of Kenya’s most celebrated and appreciated staple foods that goes well with almost everything but can still be served as a standalone dish. Generation to generation, the cooking techniques and flavors of it have not been altered.

Originally Nyama Choma was used to refer to goat meat but now other sorts of meat have been included in the grilling category such as poultry, seafood, beef and even rabbit. It is best to have Nyama choma marinated in salty water and herbs like rosemary and thyme according to what the one grilling may prefer.

A lot of Nyama Choma is grilled and served in restaurants and in homes during celebrations such as Christmas, weekend getaways, family get-togethers and many others.

Reviewer Rating

4 out of 5


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