Many ways to cook Egusi Soup

Melon seeds/Pumpkin seeds popularly known as Egusi, is a popular traditional soup in Nigeria preferably cooked by the Igbos from the Eastern part of Nigeria. Egusi is a west African staple soup rich in fat, protein, and essential nutrients. It is particularly common in Nigerian homes because of it is very delicious and quite easy to prepare. It can be eaten with any swallow of choice – garri, pounded yam, semovita, wheat etc.

The melon seed, which is the main ingredient, is derived from the melon plant in the same family as squash and gourds. When cooking egusi soup, it best goes with any vegetable – pumpkin leaf, uziza leaf, oha leaf and my persoanl best bitterleaf  because though bitter, leaves a sweet taste in your mouth when you drink water.

Different preparation methods

Egusi soup can be prepared in different ways:

People that fry the ground Egusi in palm oil before adding to the stock and people that put it directly into the boiling stock freshly ground.

The different taste and texture in Egusi soup largely depends on the chef, the method of preparation and the leaf used.

  • Egusi (melon seeds, ground or milled)
  • Onions
  • Palm oil
  • Fresh Pepper
  • Salt
  • Ground crayfish
  • 7– 8 cups stock
  • Cooked Meat, fish or any protein of choice
  • Pumpkin, bitterleaf, uziza, or oha leaves (any desired leaf)
  • Stockfish (for people that like it)
  • Dried Fish
  • Seasoning cubes or Ady’s Pot delish (Seasoning cubes substitute)
  • 1 cup waterleaf (cut)
  • 3 tablespoons bitter leaf (washed)

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