EGUSI! EGUSI!! EGUSI!!!, some Hausa’s call it ‘AGUSHI’, hahahaha. Egusi is Melon seed soup cooked by most tribes in Nigeria, it is cooked in different ways, fried, cooked just like that, cooked into balls etc. When you go to most restaurants that sell Nigerian dishes, Egusi must be in the menu, it is very delicious and can be paired with a lot of Food such as: boiled Yams, Potato, Rice, Eba, Pounded Yam, Amala and others. Nigerian Egusi never gets old, in fact it becomes tastier when u warm it over and over again.

Lets get cooking Guys.


  • 1 cup ground Egusi( Melon seed)
  • Any Meat of choice ( Goat meat, Cow Meat, Chicken, assorted Meat such as Shaki, Liver etc)
  • Stock Fish
  • Ground Crayfish
  • 2 Large Onions
  • Locust Beans {Iru}
  • 3 medium sized fresh Tomatoes and 10 small Scotch Bonnets[Atarugu/ Atarodo] ( Roughly blended together)
  • Salt to taste
  • Knorr Cubes
  • Palm Oil
  • Pumpkin leaves [Ugwu], Bitter leaf or Spinach

Before you start, wash and slice the Vegetable, slice the Onions, Blend Tomatoes and Scotch Bonnets together and wash the Meat and Fish.


  • Wash and Cook Meat with Knorr cubes, Salt and 1 sliced Onion until soft, add in the Stock fish and Ponmo and allow to cook for 5 more minutes, set aside.
  • In a pot, add Palm oil and allow to heat up, add sliced Onion and fry for 3 minutes then add in blended Tomato and Pepper mix and fry for 3 more minutes
  • Introduce the cooked Meat, Fish and stock, add some water, Crayfish, Locust Beans, taste before adding more salt and Knorr cubes so it won’t be too much, cover and allow to boil
  • In a bowl, mix ground Egusi with warm water into a Paste, not watery just into a consistency that can be scooped
  • Now scoop the Egusi mixture with a spoon or your hand little by little into the boiling mixture and allow to cook for 10 minutes { do not stir, so the Egusi balls do not scatter}
  • Now add in the sliced Pumpkin leaves {Ugwu}, Bitter Leaf or Spinach and allow to simmer for 2 minutes{ Do not add too much vegetable, it should be scanty in the soup}

Our Egusi soup is ready to be served with Pounded Yam, Amala, Eba, Boiled Yam, Rice etc.ENJOY!

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