How To Prepare Egusi Soup in Nigeria-Step-by-Step

Egusi soup is a popular Nigerian soup that is enjoyed in different parts of the country. It is made with melon seeds, which are ground into a fine powder and used as a thickener for the soup. The soup is typically made with vegetables, meat, or fish, and spices to create a delicious and hearty meal. If you want to learn how to prepare Egusi soup, here is a step-by-step guide to help you get started.

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  • 2 cups of Egusi (melon) seeds
  • 1/4 cup of palm oil
  • 2 cups of meat or fish
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups of spinach or pumpkin leaves
  • 2 cups of water or meat/fish stock
  • 1 tablespoon of ground crayfish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Seasoning cubes (optional)

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  1. Rinse and soak the Egusi seeds in water for about 10-15 minutes to soften them. Drain the water and then blend the seeds until they form a fine powder. Set the powder aside.

  2. Chop the onions and set them aside.

  3. Heat up the palm oil in a pot and fry the chopped onions until they are translucent.
  4. Add the meat or fish to the pot and stir-fry for about 5 minutes.

  5. Add the blended Egusi powder to the pot and stir until it is well combined with the meat/fish and onions.

  6. Add the water or stock to the pot and stir well. The mixture will thicken as the Egusi absorbs the liquid.

  7. Add the crayfish and seasoning cubes (if using) to the pot and stir.

  8. Cover the pot and let the soup simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the soup from sticking to the pot.

  9. Wash and chop the spinach or pumpkin leaves and add them to the pot. Stir well and let the soup cook for another 5-10 minutes.

  10. Add salt and pepper to taste, and stir well.

  11. Turn off the heat and let the soup cool for a few minutes before serving.

Egusi soup is typically served with fufu, eba, or pounded yam. It is a delicious and filling meal that is enjoyed by many Nigerians. With this recipe, you can prepare Egusi soup in the comfort of your own home and enjoy it with your family and friends.

Ekene Njoku

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