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Nigeria : Egusi Soup

More by user: fwitcher
Created: 12th Jun 2009
Modified: 12th Jun 2009
Soups, Snacks and Appetizers
approximately 30 minutes

Nigerian Classic dish! It is a great soup for those who like to try something unique once in a while.
African News Cookbook: African Cooking for Western Kitchens
  • 1 1/2 libs. meat
  • 1tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup onions, sliced
  • 1 cup palm oil
  • 1 cup egusi seeds
  • 2-3 chili peppers or 1-2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried crayfish or shrimp a bunch of fresh leafy greens or 1 small package of frozen greens
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato paste, or 2 small cans tomato paste
  • 2-3 cups fresh or frozen okra

Cut the meat into bite-size chunks.  Boil it with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and half the onions in a cup of water for about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a large, heavy pot, warm the palm oil over low heat for about 7 minutes.  While it heats, grind or crush seperately the egusi seeds, peppers and crayfish, and tear the greens into small pieces. 

Remove oil from the heat and quickly stir in the remaining onions and tomato paste.  With a slotted spoon, remove meat from its pot and pour the cooking water into a measuring cup.  Add enough water to make 1 cup and after the water has cooled enough not to spatter you--pour the water carefully into the pot.  Return to medium heat.  One after the other, 2-3 minutes apart, add the egusi, greens, pepper, okra, crayfish and remaining salt.  Cook another 8-10 minutes after all the ingredients have been added, or until the meat is done to your liking.

Variation: If you can't get ugusi seed, substitute 1/4 cup of either tapioca flour or quick-cooking tapioca.  Before adding it to the soup pot, whisk it into  a smooth paste by mixing it with a bit of the hot broth.

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