Would you like to learn how to prepare a delicious pot of Egusi soup? Preparing a delicious pot of Egusi soup is easier than you think. Let’s get right down to it.
What is Egusi Soup?
Egusi is the Local name for protein-rich seeds of used to make Egusi Soup when dried and grounded. Egusi is the major ingredient in West African cuisine. Egusi is popular in Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, and Cameroon.
Egusi soup is a delicacy eaten all around Nigeria and some part of West Africa. Egusi soup is a cuisine that will surely leave your tastebuds wanting more and your stomach itching for more. Egusi soup does not just benefit your stomach, it is a healthy meal rich in iron, calcium, Vitamin A and C, sodium, potassium, protein and carbohydrate and low in fat, cholesterol, fiber, saturated fat, and sugar. And the health benefits of Egusi soup is just outstanding. This is one of the most delicious meals eaten nationwide.
Health Benefits of Egusi Soup
Egusi soup has tons of benefits some of its important features include
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2 (riboflavin) helps to stimulate body function
- Vitamin E that improves skin texture, contains aging properties by reducing wrinkles, dry skin, and dull color
- Vitamin A contents that improve your eye vision
- Methanol, neutrophils, and serotonin fights infections and inflammations
- Unsaturated fat that is good for your health and promotes healthy heart functions
- Egusi Soup is also rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, Iron, fiber, protein and even phosphorous that enhances general body function.
List of Ingredients For Egusi Soup
Here is a list of ingredient needed to prepare a delicious pot of Egusi soup.
- 4 cups (500g) of grounded Egusi (Melon seeds)
- 1 cup of (100g) red oil/palm oil
- 1.5kg Beef and other assorted meat
- dry fish and stockfish
- 3 cooking spoons grounded crayfish
- 6 balls of fresh pepper and a tablespoon of dried grounded Pepper (add according to your preference)
- 3 balls of onions
- 3 handful of Fresh Ugu leaves(Pumpkin leaves), spinach or bitter leaf
- 5 cube of Maggi (stock cubes) beef flavor
- 1 tablespoon of Ogiri
- 1 tablespoon of Okpei
- 3 tablespoon of corn starch or any other ingredient that will thicken your soup (cocoyam, yam, cassava starch, Garri, etc)
Egusi Soup Cooking Instructions
In order to prepare a delicious pot of Egusi soup, you’ll have to
1. Soak the dried fish and the stockfish in boiled water for about 20 minutes. This procedure is done to kill the germs in the fish and also to make the fish tender so it can be broken into smaller chunks.
2. Cook the meat and fish in 3 liters with the 2 cubes of Maggi beef flavored cubes till tender.
3. Blend 2 balls onions, your pepper unit they are smooth. Then set them aside. Get you grounded Egusi, pour half a cup of water, 1 diced onion, a cube of Maggi and mix thoroughly until it becomes a paste.
4. Place a dry pan on the fire, once it is heated pour the red oil into the pan and leave to heat for about 3 minutes.
5. Pour the Egusi paste into the heated oil allow it to seat in the oil for about 5 minutes (keep a close eye on it so it does burn) then stir. You’ll have to stir fry the egusi until it becomes soft but solid and the oil has separated from the mix.
6. Once it takes this form, pour your boil your seasoned meat and fish (step 2) crayfish, pepper, salt, Okpei, and Ogiri into the pan, stir a bit then cook for another 20 minutes.
7. Wash and slice you preferred vegetable, then pour it into the pot, add your Maggi seasoning cubes and stir firmly. Take a taste or two to determine if you will add more salt or pepper. If it is too thick, add some water and if it is too watery, add the corn starch.
8. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes and you’re done. Serve hot and complement the soup with hot meals (swallow) like amala, semolina, wheat, Eba, Agidi or Fufu.
Egusi Soup Cooking Time: 45 Min
Egusi soup takes 30 to 60 minutes to prepare depending on the size and heat applied. If you followed these eight easy steps carefully, then congratulations, I’m sure that you’ve successfully prepared a delicious pot of Egusi soup and if not, watch Egusi soup video tutorial on Youtube here. I believe the second time is a charm. Would you like to share a recipe or your experience? Please do tell in the comment section below.
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