Kyinkyinga prepared by a street vendor

Kyinkyinga (pronounced chin-chin-gá) or Cincinga (Hausa orthography), is a grilled meat skewer or kebab that is common and popular in West Africa and is related to the Suya kebab.[1][2] Kyinkyinga is a Ghanaian Hausa dish popularised by traders in the Zango areas of town and cities, and has since becoming popular among other Ghanaians. It is hence very similar to or synonymous with the suya kebab in Nigeria and Niger, also known as suya, tsinga, cinga, cicinga, cincinga, tsire agashi, cacanga or tankora in the Hausa language.[3][4][5]

It is prepared by coating the meat in what is called tankora or yaji, a spice mix typical to Hausa cuisine. It is a mixture of dried hot peppers, dried ginger, dried onion, other spices, and toasted peanut flour. The meat is then threaded onto a skewer, often interspersed with onions and bell peppers, then grilled.[3] It has been described as a staple street food in Ghana.[6]

See also


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  2. ^ Raichlen, S.; Fink, B. (2008). The Barbecue! Bible. Workman Pub. pp. 157–158. ISBN 978-0-7611-4943-9. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b Osseo-Asare, Fran (2005). Food culture in sub-Saharan Africa. Greenwood Press. p. 41. OCLC 58527114.
  4. ^ Dako, Kari (2003). Ghanaianisms : a glossary. Accra: Ghana Universities Press. pp. 59, 201. ISBN 9789964303013. OCLC 53432897.
  5. ^ Adjonyoh, Zoe (2017). Zoe's Ghana Kitchen. UK: Hachette. ISBN 9781784721985.
  6. ^ Hafner, D. (1996). I was Never Here and this Never Happened: Tasty Bits & Spicy Tales from My Life. Ten Speed Press. pp. 53–54. ISBN 978-0-89815-641-6. Retrieved 23 May 2016.