Beef roll ups with ugu


It’s no secret that beef is a big part of the Nigerian diet. We practically use it for most of our cooking in soups, stews, main dishes and so on. One of the ways we enjoy beef is by mincing the beef as i did here and here or cutting it up into chunks and cooking as shown here, here and here or slicing it up as shown here. But have you tried rolling it up? This is a really new and nice take on how to prepare beef which i’m sure you’ll love. It’s got a leafy vegetable filling and can be paired with rice, yam, potato, beans and just about anything. Enjoy!

How to make beef roll ups
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 5-10 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Level: Easy
Beef Roll Up Ingredients
Ugu Filling
5 thin sliced beef

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. garlic powder

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

Salt to taste

A handful ugu leaves

1 medium sized yellow pepper

1 medium sized red pepper

1/2 small red onion

Salt to taste

A string or toothpicks

Step 1:-

Place the beef slices on a chopping board. To know how i sliced the beef, i used a sharp knife to cut off thick rectangle slices. In a bowl, mix the chili powder, garlic powder, vegetable oil and salt to taste together. Brush this over the top of the beef slices and leave the beef to sit while you prepare the filling.


Step 2:-

To prepare the filling, chop the ugu leaves, yellow pepper, red pepper and small red onion.

Step 3:-

Place an empty pan on the burner, add the vegetable oil and heat it up for 30 seconds. Add the onion, yellow and red pepper and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the chopped vegetable, salt to taste and stir fry for 1 minute. Turn off the burner and leave to cool.

Step 4:-

On the center of each flattened beef, divide the vegetable stir-fry between the 5 beef slices. Once done, roll up each beef and secure with a string or toothpicks so the content doesn’t fall off.


Step 5:-

Spread the rest of the spice mixture over the beef roll ups and place them on a grilling rack. Leave to cook in the grill for about 5-10 minutes on all sides.


Step 6:-

Once done, remove from the heat and leave to cool for sometime before removing the strings.

Step 7:-

Slice them up with a sharp knife and serve!


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