How to cook egusi soup

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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.
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 you can sit back and enjoy your delicious Nigerian Egusi Soup!

This Post Has 61 Comments

  1. Emmanuel Nathaniel

    Very good and educative

  2. Alebiosu Happy

    Wow,cook egusi is this easy,I’m going to try it out

  3. Chidera Daniel

    I will prepare my own dish for today and poof that I can cook

    1. Chidera Daniel

      Egusi soup is my favorite with garri,it the most delicious food in Nigeria

      1. Ebelechukwu Ndubuisi

        I disagree with you

  4. Oluwadamilola Ogunmoriyele

    Thanks for this. I will try it.

    1. Martha Ukaegbu

      Wow nice write-up. With this I can cook egusi soup perfectly

      1. Ebelechukwu Ndubuisi

        You are not wrong

      2. Emmanuel Inalegwu

        Your accurate steps could make me cook a better soup

  5. Zainab Dauda

    Awesome this recipe is unique

    1. Kingsley Inyang

      For those who doesn’t know
      Come and learn

    1. Blessing Aremu

      I like egusi, so delicious.

      1. Ebelechukwu Ndubuisi

        I like it as well

    1. Fatiu Olamide

      Sound impressive and educative

  6. Ebelechukwu Ndubuisi

    That is the right way to prepare it

  7. Victor Chiemelie

    Wow, that’s an awesome teaching
    I learnt a lot

    1. Abdulazeez Badrudeen

      So nice and helpful indeed

  8. Akano Godwin

    Don’t know how to cook
    But I’m so trying this one

  9. Michael Marvellous

    Thanks for sharing, I love your recipe

  10. Abdulazeez Olakunle

    thanks, this is really good

    1. Ngozi KALU OGUDU

      Yummy yummy… Taste nice

  11. Gbaboyor Felix

    Wow, wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Ameh Ernest

    Thanks for sharing it’s good

  13. Aghagha Johnson

    Wow that great
    I think I have to try that also

  14. Olufunmilayo Awote

    Very good recipe. I like the fact u noted about keeping the lid off. Many people might not know this but keeping the lid off actually helps fry the egusi while having it covered makes the egusi retain water. Good one.

  15. Kenneth Regina

    Serve with garri,fufu,semi or pounded yam


    I will love too try to cook my own Egusi

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