Lamb Choukouya

Hello my foodies!

If you are a Lamb lover like me, you will love this recipe. Every time I go to the market, I get a big lamb leg to be divided in 2: the upper part is cut in pieces and the lower part is kept for a roast.  I use the upper part to cook Choukouya, a delicious street food mainly cooked by men. If you like lamb you will love it too. The meat is juicy, tender and well marinated. Back home in Côte d’Ivoire, they keep adding spices, vinegar and oil as it is cooked on wood fire. I do mine differently since I do not do wood fire in my yard. I close everything and cook it in the oven. By closing it, I keep all the aroma inside.

My recipe is a bit updated, I use lemon juice instead of vinegar and I add paprika, ginger and parsley. I do not have the smoky flavor with mine but, the aroma is to die for.

Lamb Choukouya

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African, Ivorian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lamb cut in pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped or grated
  • 1 in ginger grated
  • 4 parsley sprig
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven at 350.
  • Chop onion, tomato, garlic, parsley.
  • Grate the ginger.
  • Mix all ingredients, put them in foil and close.
  • Bake it in the oven for 1 hour.

I decided to pair my lamb choukouya with sweet potatoes fries and a quick  vegetable sauce. I you remember in the recipe HERE, I explain everything about the sweet potato I like to use, as there is so many kinds.  Now let me walk you through my plate presentation. For the sauce, I diced cucumbers, tomatoes and onions and mixed them with mayo, ketchup, vinegar. Do not put too much vinegar or your sauce will be too liquid and will not stay in place.

Put the sauce in the plate in a circle, do not worry it does not have to be perfect. Stack your sweet potato fries on one side, and put your lamb opposite to your fries without the juice. I you want to include your lamb juice, you can add it on a small container.

Bon appétit!

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