Egusi soup, made from the seeds of the melon fruit is peculiar to the people of Nigeria and other African countries.
Egusi soup is nutritious and it serves very many purposes. Some people have argued that it is the most common soup in Nigeria. It can generally be made in two different ways, but the focus of this article is the most common way of making it.
Ingredients For Egusi Soup
Below are ingredients needed to make a tasty Egusi soup.
1. Egusi………………………….2 cups
2. Vegetable…………………….Could be Ugwu or bitter leaf.
3. Meat, Beef, Goat meat,Chicken..any of your choice.(Most common is Assorted)
4. Dry Fish
5. Palm Oil……………………….About 10cl
6. Pepper, Salt and maggi or knorr cubes.
7. Local Seasoning (This is optional as it depends on your taste).
Getting Your Egusi Soup Ingredients Ready
Use a blender to grind the 2 cups of Egusi. Make sure you use a dry blender. Another way to grind the Egusi is to use the hand grinder. Then mix it with water, its okay for it to be like the thickness of custard but not too watery.
Soak the dry fish in warm water for like 20 minutes and wash afterwards.
If you are using a bitter leaf, wash thoroughly with salt to remove the bitter taste.
Boil the meat with seasoning. This should be within 15 minutes. Remember to add Onion as well.
Slice the Onion on a dry plate.
Steps To Prepare Your Egusi Soup
1. Place your cooking pot on fire and add the palm oil.
2. Allow to heat well but not to completely bleach.
3. Then add your mixed Egusi and stir till its fried.
4. Make sure to keep the intensity of the gas/stove normal to avoid burning the Egusi.
5. Then add your ground pepper and onion.
6. Add the boiled meat and dry fish.
7. Also add your seasonings to taste. If the soup appears too thick, add the water you used to boil the meat.
8. Now close the pot and let it cook for 10 minutes.
9. After the 10 minutes, you will notice your soup is already appearing cooked.
10. Then add the vegetable( Ugwu or bitter leaf)
11. Cover again and let it cook for 15 minutes.
12. Stir occasionally to keep it from burning.
Now Your Soup Is Done.
It is important to note that Egusi soup can be eaten with almost all foods. That is Rice, Eba, Fufu, Pounded Yam, Amala, Wheat, Apu, Semovita……. Almost all foods.