Egusi soup is a good source of many vital nutrients that are good for the body. Some of the nutrients are protein, potassium, vitamin B1, sulfur, fats, calcium, magnesium, carbohydrate, zinc, copper, vitamins A, E and C, manganese, dietary fiber etc.
Egusi is prepared with Efo (leafy vegetable) like pumpkin.
- 200g Egusi seed
- 1/2 kg chicken
- Smoked fish
- Meat (assorted)
- 4 fresh pepper
- 3 Table spoons ground dried crayfish,
1 small bunch of Ugwu leaves (or bitter leaf or your preferred choice)
2 Cooking spoons palm oil
2 Knorr Cubes,
1 small onion,
3 large fresh tomatoes, to taste salt
Procedure for cooking
- Cut chicken into small cubes, wash thoroughly and pour into the cooking pot. Season with 1/2 onion and one Knorr Cube. Add a little water and boil for about 10 minutes or until tender.
- When your chicken cooks a little, add your assorted meat and cook for at least 3-4 minutes.
Mix the ground egusi in half a cup of water and; blend tomatoes (optional), pepper, and the remaining onion, and set aside.
- Heat the palm oil in another pot; Pour tomato paste into the hot oil, stir for about 5 mins and add the Egusi mixture.
- Stir well and allow it to fry for a moment. Add the crayfish, and the remaining stock cube, stir well
- Add little water and allow to cook for five minutes. Add the boiled chicken, washed okporoko, smoked fish, and assorted meats and stir.
- Turn the heat down and simmer for a further 2 minutes.
- Wash and finely slice the Ugwu leaves (or your preferred leaf choice). -Add to the soup and stir. Continue to simmer for a further 5 minutes to allow the vegetables to soften.
- Note: The tomatoes give Egusi soup a unique taste. It’s not necessary though.
- Serve with pupuru, fufu, semo, wheat, amala, eba, Iyan or your preferred swallow..