How To Cook Egusi: Step To Step
Egusi soup is a popular Nigerian soup made with ground melon seeds. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to cook Egusi soup:
- 2 cups Egusi (melon seeds)
- 1 kg assorted meat (beef, goat meat, cow skin)
- 2 cups chopped vegetables (spinach, pumpkin leaves, or bitter leaf)
- 1 cup palm oil
- 2 onions (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
- 2-3 scotch bonnet peppers (chopped)
- Seasoning cubes
- Rinse and drain the assorted meat and season with salt, seasoning cubes, and chopped onions. Cook until tender.
- While the meat is cooking, toast the egusi seeds in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant, stirring constantly to avoid burning. Allow to cool and then grind the seeds in a blender or food processor until it forms a smooth powder.
- Heat the palm oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes until translucent.
- Add the ground egusi to the pot and stir until well combined. Keep stirring for about 5-10 minutes to cook the egusi and prevent it from burning.
- Add the cooked meat and enough water to cover the meat, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
- Add the chopped vegetables, ground crayfish, chopped scotch bonnet peppers, and seasoning cubes. Stir to combine and allow to cook for another 10-15 minutes.
- Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning to your liking. If it is too thick, you can add more water.
- Serve hot with fufu, eba, or any other swallow of your choice.
Enjoy your delicious Egusi soup!