How To Make Delicious Egusi Soup | Egusi Soup Ingredients

Egusi Soup Recipe | How To Make Delicious Egusi Soup | Egusi Soup Ingredients. In this article, I will walk you through on How To Prepare Delicious Egusi soup. All The Details You Need To Know.

Egusi Soup

What Is Egusi Soup?

Egusi soup, a thick West African soup made with ground melon seeds, typically also containing leaf vegetables and meat or fish. It is a West African seafood stew, is a flavorful dish of cubed beef and shrimp cooked with spinach and ground seeds in a spicy tomato base.

It is a great soup for those who like to try something different every once in a while. Ground Egusi seeds give this soup a unique color and flavor. If you can’t find Egusi seeds, you can substitute pumpkin seeds. Any combination of crab, shrimp, and smoked fish can be used in place of the shrimp. Drained, smoked oysters and chicken can be used in place of the beef.

What Is Nigerian Egusi Soup?

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!

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Ingredients For Egusi Soup

==> 1 – 3 cups of Egusi seed

==> ¾ cup pumpkin seeds (Optional)

==> 1 ½ pounds cubed beef stew meat

==> salt to taste

==> ½ cup peanut oil

==> 2 large tomatoes, chopped

==> 1 small onion, chopped

==> 2 habanero peppers, seeded and minced

==> 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

==> 18 ounces tomato sauce(Optional)

==> 1 ½ cups water

==> 1 pound fresh spinach, or Fresh Ugu, washed and chopped

How To Make Delicious Egusi Soup (Easy Steps)

Step 1: The first thing to do when making Egusi soup is to blend the peppers. While blending the peppers try to use as little water as possible so that the blended pepper will not turn out too watery. Note that, if your blended pepper turns out too watery it will prolong the cooking time of the sauce.

Step 2: The next thing to do is to blend the Egusi seeds, Crayfish and Onions together. Also use a little bit of water for this because it’s important for the Egusi to have a thick consistency. This will allow the resulting Egusi soup to be curdled and not scattered.

Step 3: Also, no need of overheating the palm oil. The term we usually refer to as “bleaching” except in some recipes that the bleaching process cannot be avoided like the ayamase stew which is also known as the Ofada stew.

(Optional)You can add locust bean to your recipe. However, if you don’t like locust beans or you don’t have it handy, the stock will be sufficient to enhance the taste, or simply use the seasoning cubes to your taste.

Step 4: Add the blended peppers and fry until it’s well cooked about 10 to 15 to 20 minutes, then add the Egusi melon. It is very important not to stir the Egusi at this point, give it time to curdle. Once it’s curdled for about 15  to 20 minutes, stir it briefly then add some chicken or beef stock with the Meat or Fish of your choice and leave to cook again for another 15 minutes.

Step 5: The Egusi should be cooked at this point but if you feel there is a need to cook a little longer, just add some more stock or water and cook for a few more minutes.

Note: You can leave your Egusi to cook for at least 40 minutes, longer cooking time is okay but not lesser.

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Other delicious soups and stews you might want to try:

  •  Stewed Spinach – Efo Riro
  • African pepper soup
  • Ogbono Soup
  • Stewed Okra – Okro soup
  • Chicken Stir-fry with Spinach
  • Banga Soup
  • West African Pepper Sauce

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Egusi soup is an exotic hearty food that will satisfy your taste buds. It is a staple in most West African home and it is an uncomplicated one pot meal that is often accompanied by swallows like Eba, Amala, Semovita, Pounded yam, Fufu, and the likes.

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