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Kilishi Potato Salad

Kilishi Potato Salad

Kilishi is an incredible dried beef delicacy from Northern Nigeria. It is spicy, rich, and has a wonderful umaminess to it. I decided to use it to spice up a potato salad. It really does elevate the potato salad from a boring side to a spicy, exciting feature on your table. This recipe also features some other vegetables like parsnips which add a nice transluscent crunch; and fennel which bring in a whole other dimension of flavour. If you don’t have these to hand, just make up the quantity with regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, or even cauliflower.


1 packet of Kilishi, broken into pieces (use biltong as a substitute)

10 potatoes, cubed and boiled

6 turnips, cubed and boiled

1 heaped cup frozen mixed vegetables, boiled

1 fennel, chopped and pan seared

1 handful mixed fresh herbs

2 tablespoons chopped onion

1 clove fresh garlic grated

A glug of olive oil 

1 teaspoon English wholegrain mustard

2 – 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 splash white wine vinegar

Salt and black pepper to taste 



  1. Mix all the vegetables together in a bowl.
  2. Add the mustard, mayonnaise, olive oil, fresh herbs, onion, garlic and herbs, and mix.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and a small splash of vinegar. 
  4. Now add the kilishi and mix in well. Allow to cool in the fridge for the flavours to melt and then serve. 



This recipe is from Season 1 Episode 3 of Minjiba Entertains, commissioned by The Africa Channel and showing on RealTime DSTV Channel 155, Emirates in-Flight Entertainment, Amazon Prime, and Demand Africa. 



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