Egusi soup is made from dried melon seeds. It is a very popular soup in Nigeria and a must serve in parties. I love egusi because it is perfect with swallow foods like Amala, Pounded yam, Eba, Semo etc.
Melon seeds are an excellent source of nutritional minerals and vitamins such as carbohydrates, protein, niacin, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), fat, zinc, manganese, dietary fibre etc.
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Here’s how to prepare this highly nutritious soup.
- Grounded Egusi (1 cup)
- Palm oil (3 soup spoonful)
- Beef (1/2 kilo)
- Dried fish/stock fish (1/2 kilo)
- Ground crayfish (2 tablespoons)
- Pepper,Tomato,Onions (Blended)
- Salt (to taste)
- Shredded Pumpkin leaves/spinach (1/2 cup)
- Maggi/Knorr (2 cubes)
- Locust beans (1 tablespoon)
- Boil the stock fish till soft or soak the dried fish in hot water for 10 minutes to remove dirt.
- Season the beef and boil till tender.
- In a separate pot, pour the red palm oil, add the ground Egusi and start frying.
- Stir the Egusi for about 5 minutes.
- Add the beef stock, locust beans, ground crayfish and blended pepper.
- Cover the pot and let it cook for 15 minutes.
- Now add the beef and fish. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Stir and add the pumpkin leaves or spinach.
- Add salt to taste. If the Egusi is too thick, add some water to bring it to a consistency you like.
- Cover and leave to simmer and it is done.
- Serve with your choice swallow.