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How to make Egusi Soup, 10 easy steps

Are you searching for how to make Egusi soup? Do you like African delicacies, especially Nigeria foods? Then you are on the right page. You know Nigerians eat egusi so most people are always on the internet searching for how to make egusi soup or simply writing about how they make their own soup.

Egusi is a West African name for the seeds of plants like melons, and gourds that, when dried and ground become a staple ingredient in many African dishes. In Nigeria egusi is a popular soup eaten by almost all the Nigerian family, it goes with cassava, plantain flour, and pounded yam.

Egusi stew is similar to egusi soup, you sometimes get confuse about it, in that they are all made out of egusi but egusi stew is mostly made to be eaten with rice and the ingredients used are different from what you use for Egusi soup.  

Egusi is enjoyable when it is thick, the soup is thickened with grounded melon seeds and contains leafy and other vegetables.  It is one of the most popular soups prepared by most tribes in Nigeria and often eaten with dishes like Pounded Yams.  You can prepare Egusi with whatever protein you like, fish, cow meat, goat meat, crab and etc.

Recipe for making Egusi soup

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)

Making Egusi Paste

  1. Prepare the egusi paste:
  2. Blend egusi seeds and onion mixture. Set aside.

How do you like your egusi soup to be prepared, most people make a paste out of the egusi and sometimes turn makes boils out so that they can easily chew it.

How to make Egusi soup

SO, if you do not know how to make egusi soup, this part of this article is going to be showing you how, just calm your nerves and this is a step by step method on how to make egusi soup is going to guide you; follow the steps below and enjoy a delicious meal.

  1. In a large pot, heat the palm oil on medium for a minute and then add the Une.
  2. Slowly add the stock and set on low heat to simmer.
  3. Scoop teaspoon size balls of the egusi paste mixture into the stock. Be sure to keep ball shape.
  4. Leave to simmer for 20 – 30 minutes so the balls cook through.
  5. Add the meat and fish and other bits which you’d like to use.
  6. Add cut-up pumpkin leaves. 
  7. Add the waterleaf.
  8. Stir and put a lid on the pot and allow cook for 7–10 minutes, till the leaves wilt.
  9. Add the bitter leaf.  Leave the lid off while the cooking finishes for another 5-10 minutes.
  10. Stir, check seasoning and adjust accordingly.

When you follow this method, be sure to enjoy a very delicious soup. Now you can sit back and enjoy your delicious Egusi Soup with family and friends. There are different steps or processes of making egusi soup but this is the best article you are going to see online on how to make egusi soup. Do not make the mistake of putting so much oil while making your egusi, most people face this issue of either putting too much oil or not putting enough. Though some people enjoy any of them both.

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