How to Make Naija Egusi soup
This recipe will show you how to make Nigerian Egusi Soup, a popular West African soup made with melon seeds.Ingredients1 cup blended onions about 3- 5 and fresh chilies, to taste4 cups egusi melon seeds, ground or milled1⁄2 – 1 cup palm oil2 teaspoons fresh Une Iru, locust beansSalt to tasteGround crayfish to taste7– 8 cups stockCooked Meat & fish quantity and variety to personal preference2 cups cut pumpkin leaves1 cup waterleaf cut3 tablespoons bitter leaf washedInstructionsEGUSI PASTE: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.
Recipe NotesNow you can sit back and enjoy your delicious Nigeria Egusi Soup!