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Egusi (Melon) soup is a traditional African food that is native to practically all the Nigerian tribes. It is the choice soup for eating pounded yam among the Yoruba, the Igbo love it with Akpu, and it usually complements Tuwo Shinkafa in the northern part of the country. Preparing traditional Egusi soup is quite easy. Follow our simplified recipe for Egusi, if you want to take your family and friends across oceans to experience the deliciousness of Egusi soup.



A small cup of ground Egusi                                                                                                                                 Locust Beans,                                                                                                                                                         Cooking Spoon Of Palm Oil

1 Medium size of onion

Red pepper

Tomato                                                                                                                                                                    1/2teaspoon of salt (to taste)

1 Cube of seasoning (Jumbo Chicken Stock Powder)

Fish (, Dried Fish/ Stock Fish is a great choice)

Assorted meats (Pomo, Beef, Goat Meat)

Before cooking

Grind the pepper together with the tomato and onion and it pour it in a bowl. Wash the fish and the meat, boil both the fish and meats add little salt, a cube of seasoning (or more to taste) dice a medium sized onion and leave to boil for about 10 minutes or until the meat is done. Rinse the locust beans and put it in a plate. Pour the ground Egusi inside a bowl, add little water to make a paste, stir it together, and place the ingredients for this African food aside.

Cooking Steps

Pour palm oil inside your cooking pot and let it warm up until it is sizzling, pour the locust beans inside the palm oil, let it fry for about a minute. Add the mixed Egusi to the frying palm oil and stir for just a minute. Pour the ground pepper and stir together ,and then cover up for 4minutes.

Add salt, seasoning, stir together, and leave for a minute. Afterwards pour the meat and fish into the already bubbling Egusi soup and watch the aroma spread round your kitchen. Leave it for another 3 minutes.

Perfect! Yes, you now have your Egusi soup and you can pair it up with any solid African food of your choice.

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