Egusi Soup

we all have come across this delicious nigerian soup made from melon seeds,its has a great taste and aroma.

  • 3 cups melon seeds/egusi (ground)
  • 2 handsfull chopped ugu leaves (pumpkin leaves).
  • handfull properly washed bitter leaves
  • Quarter cup palm oil
  • 1 tbsp grinded cray fish.
  • stock fish.
  • pomo.
  • 1/2 kg beef meat,cowstrip,intestine etc.
  • 4 atarodo/scotch bonnet
  • 1 onion (chopped).
  • 4 stock cubes.
  • salt to taste.


  • wash and cook the meat, stock fish, cow intestine, pomo, cow strip with onions,salt to taste and stock cubes together.
  • Now remove the meat from the pot leaving only the meat stock and set on the cooker.
  • Boil the meat stock, add ground egusi and ground cray fish into the pot of meat stock.
  • Now keep cooking, stiring the egusi while add water if it dries up, this process should take at least 30mins on low heat.
  • Cook the egusi till very tender or till you notice some oil puree on top.
  • Keep stiring and cooking while adding water when every it dries up.
  • After 30mins and you are satisfied it the thickness of the egusi if you are not add little water to your taste.
  • Add the palm oil and blended atarodo and cook on low heat while stiring for another 15mins.
  • After 15mins pour back the meat /stock fish etc back into the pot.
  • Add ugu /bitter leaf depending on which ever one you are using.
  • Allow to simmer for 5mins and it’s ready.
  • serve with eba pounded yam etc.