Egusi Soup is made from grounded shelled melon seed. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular Nigerian soups. Interestingly, it is prepared by most tribes. The difference in preparation is very minute. If you have been craving Egusi soup for awhile now, here is how to prepare this very tasty soup.
- 200 g of Egusi seed
- 400 g of beef
- 50 g of cooked stockfish
- 3 Tablespoon of ground dried crayfish,
- 1 small bunch of Ugwu or bitter leaves
- 2 small onions
- 4 large fresh tomatoes
- 50 ml of palm oil
- 1 tablespoon of ground chilli powder
- Salt and seasoning for taste
Slice the beef into small pieces, season with one chopped onion. Add half a cup of water and boil for about 10 minutes or until tender.
Mix the ground egusi in half a cup of water. Blend the tomatoes, onions and the chilli powder.
Heat the palm oil in another pot and add the Egusi mixture. Stir well and allow it to fry for sometimes. Add the blended tomatoes and stir well. Then Add the ground crayfish and stock fish.
Add 2 cups of water and allow to cook for five minutes. Add the boiled meat and stir. Turn the heat down and simmer for a further two minutes.
Wash and cut the Ugwu leaves. Add to the simmering soup and stir. Continue to simmer for a further five minutes to allow the vegetables to soften.
Serve with cassava fufu or garri.
Written By Damilola Faustino