Egusi african soup

Originally from Nigeria, in West Africa, the egusi soup it is a tradition and a delight that is shared in most homes. It owes its name to a type of bitter melon, whose flesh is not edible. What is used are its seeds, which become the protagonists of this delicious dish. All its ingredients have abundant nutrients, so in addition to being delicious, the soup is very healthy and is recommended at any table. For a lunch with family or friends it is a very good option, which will also be very well liked. If you want to try it, you can make it with simple ingredients, which you surely have in your home pantry.

The seeds of egusi they are rich in protein. Its flavor resembles that of pumpkin seeds. They are oval in shape and white with a reddish rind, which is shed before grinding. Thus they become a thick and very rich soup base, while providing vitamins A, B1, B2 and E. They also have antioxidant properties that prevent cell aging. In addition, its content of dietary fiber favors digestion.


  • 250 grams of egusi or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 kilo of beef for stew
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 kilo of fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 100 milliliters of vegetable oil
  • 300 milliliters of water
  • How to prepare egusi African soup:

    1. In the blender crush the egusi or pumpkin seeds. We add a little water to achieve a homogeneous paste. We reserve in a separate container, it has to be a very homogeneous cream.
    2. We peel the tomatoes and remove their seeds. We put the blender together with the onion, salt and water. We booked.
    3. In a pot we heat the oil. When it’s hot add the meat and fry it for a few minutes, until golden brown on both sides. We give a point of salt to the pieces.
    4. Add to the pot the tomato and onion mixture. Add the tablespoon of sugar and a touch of cayenne pepper. Cover and boil for approximately 50 minutes.
    5. Then we add the egusi or pumpkin seed paste along with the spinach. We boil for about 10 more minutes.
    6. We rectify the salt point of the whole.
    7. We remove from the heat and serve while still hot.

    The African egusi soup can be served with rice or, if we prefer, with some shredded vegetables, such as green plantains or yams. The result will be a very satisfying and tasty dish.

    The delicious African egusi soup is a nutritious dish. Your diners will be very satisfied to try it. Go ahead and prepare it, it is really very rich.

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