Hello guys, welcome to another post, so today am going to be showing you how to make egusi soup, some call it melon soup. Egusi soup is a Nigerian soup and delicacy that is very popular and often found on most restaurants in Nigeria and also in African kitchens abroad, wondering why it’s so popular?? Wonder no more, this soup is so delicious and can be made in so many ways.
Just imagine yourself right now with a plate of pounder yam with egusi soup and a cold bottle of water, chai that is deliciousness personified guys, so enough said let’s get to cooking. You will be needing the following for a family of four
3cups of melon seeds (grounded)
Washed bitter leaves
First we are going to boil your beef, stock fish and cow skin for twenty minutes with some onions, seasoning cubes and salt.
Now take you ground melon seeds and add about 4tablespoon of water to make a very thick paste, then set aside now blend your tomatoes, peppers and onions to a smooth paste and set aside as well.
Now take a clean pot and plate on your cooker pour in about 3cooking spoons of palm oil and allow it to heat up a bit and release some smoke, say about 3minutes, don’t worry your house won’t burn. Pour your melon paste into the oil and fry while constantly turning it to prevent burning, we want it to get fried and dry buy not burnt so make sure your cooker is set on medium to high heat, once you start to see the oil shinning on top add in the tomatoes paste about 2cooking spoons and mix into the melon, now continue stirring till they are well Incorporated and allow this to fry till you see the oil on top again, yea I know it’s seems a lot but good food or in this case good soup takes a lot work.
Now that the oil is floating and shinning on top, pour in the meat with the stock and mix well, now add in your ground crayfish and cover to cook for 5minutes. I bet the aroma in your kitchen now is amazing!
Uncover your pot and taste to see if the salt and seasoning is right if not adjust to your taste and allow it to cook some more till there is very little fluid in sight, that is the time you add in the bitter leaves and allow it cook for another 10minutes,turn off your cooker and open your pot to reveal this delicious soup, serve with your choice of swallow.
If you tried out this recipe let me know in the comments section and if you had any challenges with it also let me know. See you in my next post.