Egusi soup

    1 hour 35 min

    This soup is native to Nigeria and many of my British as well as Nigerian friends have enjoyed it. It is a great soup for those who like to try something different every once in a while. Ground egusi seeds give this soup a unique colour and flavour. If you can't find egusi seeds, you can substitute pumpkin seeds. Any combination of crab, prawns and smoked fish can be used in place of the prawns.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 100g (4 oz) egusi seeds or pumpkin seeds
    • 100ml (4 fl oz) peanut oil
    • 675g (1 1/2 lb) diced beef stew meat
    • 2 large tomatoes, halved
    • 1 small onion, quartered
    • 2 green chillies, seeded
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 (600g) jar passata
    • 3 tablespoons tomato purée
    • 350ml (12 fl oz) water
    • 1kg (2 1/4 lb) fresh prawns, peeled and deveined
    • 1 (500g) bag fresh spinach, chopped

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr20min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Place seeds in a blender or food processor and process for 30 to 40 seconds, until mixture is a powdery paste. Set aside.
    2. In large pot, heat oil over medium high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add beef and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until browned but not cooked through.
    3. Place tomatoes, onions and chillies in a blender or food processor and process for about 30 seconds or until smooth. Add tomato mixture to beef, reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook for 40 to 50 minutes or until meat is tender. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    4. Add passata, tomato puree, water and prawns and simmer for 10 minutes.
    5. Add spinach and ground seeds and continue to simmer 10 minutes more.

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    This recipe is not authentic as it leaves out the most essential ingredient -palm oil which gives the soup it's unique colour and flavour. Peanut oil or any other oil just does not cut it nor does substituting pumpkin seeds for melon seeds. In all this recipe would be like cooking beef bourginoun with coca cola substituted for the red wine!  -  15 Jul 2017


    I'm happy to see a dish from my country on here. Though its not one of my favourite soups, it does taste nice.  -  04 Mar 2009


    this is my favourite soup ever, as i am need to try this! absolutely delicious!  -  21 Jul 2008