Pumpkin Seed 'Egusi' style Soup and Efo Igbo
Recipe Category: Traditional Nigerian Soups
Cuisine: Yoruba
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Serves: 4
An alternative to Egusi soup. Looks like it, tastes like it and 285 calories per cup.
  • 1 cup of Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 - 2 cooking spoons of Palm oil
  • Ata lilo - fresh pepper mix
  • Efo Igbo - eggplant leaves or any green veg
  • Assorted Meats
  • Smoked fish
  • Meat Stock
  • Ground Crayfish
  • This is cooked Exactly as you would Egusi soup. I used the lumpy Egusi style method, but as pumpkin seeds contain less oil, it didn't form the giant lumps I was expecting, but I would be trying it again
  1. Mill the pumpkin seeds to a fine powder
  2. Heat up palm oil in a pot, add chopped onions, fry, add pepper, let that fry a little too, add the assorted meat, beef stock, smoked fish and ground crayfish. Let the pepper stock reduce sufficiently
  3. I didn't want to add this in powder form, so I took a little out of the pepper stock and mixed to form a paste. You can also use blended onions
  4. Using a tablespoon or your fingers, add the pumpkin seed paste in lumps into the stock. Lower the heat and allow it to cook
  5. In a few more minutes, just as it would Egusi soup, the paste would have combined well with the pepper stock. See, I told you the green colour will disappear.
  6. Once the soup has thickened as you like it, add the green veg and stir
  7. A few more minutes, and that is your soup done
Recipe by Dooney's Kitchen at http://dooneyskitchen.com/pumpkin-seed-egusi-style-soup-efo-igbo/