Genevieve Taylor Berbere Beef and Green Pepper Kebabs

Genevieve Taylor Berbere Beef and Green Pepper Kebabs

  • Cook Time30 min
  • Yield4 Servings


For the Kebabs

  • Ingredients
  • 700g (1lb 9oz) skirt steak, cut into 2cm (¾in) cubes
  • 2 green peppers, cut into 2cm (¾in) pieces

For the Spice Mix

  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1–2 tsp ground chilli flakes, to taste
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp allspice berries
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

For the Spice Paste

  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée


Preparing the Kebabs


Tip the coriander seeds into a small dry frying pan and set over a medium heat to toast for just a minute or so.


As soon as you smell the aromas wafting up from the pan, transfer the seeds to a spice mill. Add the fenugreek, cardamom, chilli flakes, peppercorns, allspice and cloves and grind to a powder. Add the paprika, ginger and nutmeg and mix until combined.


Put the spice powder into a bowl and stir in the garlic, oil and tomato purée to make a thick paste.


Toss the meat with the spice paste until it is thoroughly coated – your hands may be the easiest tools for the job here, as the paste is thick.
Cover with cling film and chill for a good few hours to marinate, ideally overnight.


When you are ready to cook, thread the meat and peppers on to the skewers


Set up a charcoal chimney starter 3/4 full with lumpwood charcoal, and start it going with a sheet of lit crumpled newspaper underneath (or use parrafin-free fire lighters). Wait 10-15 minutes until the BBQ is fired up to a hot grilling temperature of about 280-300c with a deep bed of glowing embers.


Grill the kebabs directly for about 15-20 minutes, the grill should be hot 280–300°C (535–570°F). Turn the kebabs frequently until the meat is dark and crisp and the peppers are soft.

The Ultimate Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook by Genevieve Taylor (Quadrille, £15) Photography ©Jason Ingram

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