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  • Writer's pictureNicky, Digital Researcher, Africa Analyst

Sosatie - South African Kebab

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

Sosatie is a popular South African meat dish that usually grace the dinner table of many homes during festive season and occasions.

This tasty South African traditional kebab consists of bite-sized pieces of meat marinated in a spicy hot, sour sauce made with tamarind juice, onions, garlic, hot peppers and fresh curry leaves. The marinated meat is afterwards skewered with wedges of fruits or veggies such as apricots, bell peppers, mushrooms or prunes in between the pieces of meat.

Traditionally the meat used for Sosatie is usually lamb or mutton, but chicken or beef are great too.

Prep time: 30 minutes (overnight)

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 kg of lamb leg/ shoulder

  • 3 onion

  • 100 g of apricots

  • ½ onion

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 finely chopped clove garlic

  • 1 grated teaspoon of fresh ginger

  • 3 teaspoon of apricot jam

  • 3 tablespoons of wine vinegar

  • ½ tablespoon of cumin, ground

  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder

  • ½ cup of cooking oil

  • Water

Cooking Steps

  1. Chop onions and then transfer them into a small frying pan and cook them in oil slightly until they become translucent.

  2. Add all the ginger and garlic and cook for a minute.

  3. Add the vinegar wine followed by all the other spices – curry powder, cumin, apricot jam, and salt.

  4. Mix the contents properly and then remove from heat and let them cool down.

  5. Add diced meat into the now cooled marinade in the bowl.

  6. Mix the contents of the bowl properly and cover it.

  7. Allow the mixture to sit for a few hours or overnight in a refrigerator.

  8. After that, soak the apricots in hot water for 15 to 30 minutes.

  9. Take a metallic or wooden skewer stick and skew add meat, dried apricots, and chunks of onions in between.

  10. Grill the skewers on medium heat until they are properly cooked.

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