EGOUSI SOUP

Egusi is a West African name for the seeds of plants like squash, melons, and gourds that, when dried and ground become a staple ingredient in many West African dishes.  Particularly, in Nigerian culture, egusi is a popular with pounded yam. These seeds are rich in fat and protein, and add these essential nutrients into West African Cuisine.

Nigerian Egusi Soup is a soup thickened with ground melon seeds and contains leafy and other vegetables.  It is one of the most popular soups prepared by most tribes in Nigeria with considerable variation and often eaten with dishes like Pounded Yams.  Prepare it with goat, beef, fish, or shellfish! Well I have formatted this recipe into an easier version so yeah do let me know how it tastes. YUM! YUM!

INGREDIENTS FOR 4 SERVINGS-

  • 2 Cups Melon seeds

  • 1 Cup Palm Oil or a little more or less depending on preference

  • 4 Tbsp Crayfish

  • 3 Tbsp locust beans

  • 24 oz chopped spinach

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper

  • 1 Habanero Pepper

  • 1 Fresno Pepper

  • 2 Onions

  • Stock Cube Optional

  • 1 lb Beef Tripe, Dry Fish, Cow Leg or you can try it with chicken as well

  • Salt To Taste

  • 3 cups Beef stock / Chicken stock works just as well

LET'S MAKE IT! -

  • Blend the peppers and Onions together until smooth and set aside.

  • Blend the Egusi melon, half of the second Onion, and Crayfish together. Set aside as well.

  • Heat the Palm Oil in a pan and allow it to melt over medium heat but don't overheat the Oil. Add the remaining half onion (diced) and half of the Locust bean. Let it cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat.

  • Add the blended pepper and cook till the water is reduced this should take about 15 minutes on medium heat until the water is reduced stirring about every 5 minutes to prevent burning.

  • Add the remaining locust bean, Beef stock, and salt to taste. Cover and leave to cook for another 5 minutes

  • Gently introduce the blended Egusi inside the sauce but don't stir it at this point. Just cover it and leave it to cook for about 20 to 30 minutes Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn but try not to stir it until the Egusi turns into a soft compact mass. Then, gently stir together and add more stock or water if necessary.

  • Add the Fish and meat and leave to cook again for another 5 minutes.

  • Stir in the Spinach and leave to simmer for about 5 minutes (stir constantly).  Adjust the seasoning if necessary. 

  • Serve while still hot.

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