Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup

Mar 12, 2024Abiglobal Foods
  • 1 cup melon seeds (egusi), ground
  • 1/2 cup palm oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 large tomatoes, blended
  • 1 red bell pepper, blended
  • 2-3 Scotch bonnet peppers (adjust to taste), blended
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • Assorted meats (beef, tripe, liver, or goat meat), cooked and diced
  • Stockfish and/or dried fish, soaked and flaked
  • 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
  • 2-3 stock cubes or seasoning cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chopped leafy vegetables (spinach, ugu, or kale)
  • Water (as needed)
1.Prepare the Ingredients:
  • Grind the melon seeds (egusi) into a smooth powder.
  • Blend the tomatoes, red bell pepper, and Scotch bonnet peppers to make a smooth paste.
  • Cook and dice the assorted meats.
2. Cook the Stew:
  • Heat the palm oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic and grated ginger, and sauté for an additional minute until fragrant.
  • Pour in the blended tomato and pepper mixture. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
3. Add Ground Egusi:
  • Mix the ground egusi with a little water to form a paste. Add this paste to the pot and stir well to combine with the tomato and pepper mixture.
  • Incorporate Meats and Fish:
  • Add the cooked and diced assorted meats, flaked stockfish, and dried fish to the pot. Stir to combine.
4. Season the Soup:
  • Add the ground crayfish, stock cubes, salt, and pepper to the soup. Stir well and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
5. Add Leafy Vegetables:
  • Add the chopped leafy vegetables to the pot. Stir and allow the soup to simmer until the vegetables are tender.
6. Adjust Seasoning and Serve:
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You can add more salt or pepper according to your preference.
  • Serve the Egusi Soup hot with pounded yam, fufu, or rice.

Enjoy your delicious and hearty Nigerian Egusi Soup!

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