This recipe will show you how to make Nigerian Egusi Soup, a popular West African soup made with melon seeds.
- 1 cup blended onions about 3- 5 and fresh chilies, to taste
- 4 cups egusi melon seeds, ground or milled
- 1⁄2 – 1 cup palm oil
- 2 teaspoons fresh Une Iru, locust beans
- Salt to taste
- Ground crayfish to taste
- 7– 8 cups stock
- Cooked Meat & fish quantity and variety to personal preference
- 2 cups cut pumpkin leaves
- 1 cup waterleaf cut
- 3 tablespoons bitter leaf washed
- Prepare the egusi paste:
- Blend egusi seeds and onion mixture. Set aside.
MAKE THE SOUP:
- In a large pot, heat the palm oil on medium for a minute and then add the Une.
- Slowly add the stock and set on low heat to simmer.
- Scoop teaspoon size balls of the egusi paste mixture into the stock. Be sure to keep ball shape.
- Leave to simmer for 20 – 30 minutes so the balls cook through.
- Add the meat and fish and other bits which you’d like to use.
- Add cut-up pumpkin leaves.
- Add the waterleaf.
- Stir and put a lid on the pot and allow cook for 7–10 minutes, till the leaves wilt.
- Add the bitter leaf. Leave the lid off while the cooking finishes for another 5-10 minutes.
- Stir, check seasoning and adjust accordingly.
Now all you have to do is enjoy your egusi soap with your favorite swallow!
This recipe was originally written by and published on DemandAfrica.com