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    Egusi Soup

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hr 45 mins

    25 mins

    1 hr 20 mins

    WiGal's Note:

    This rich soup is native to West Africa and comes from "Ground Egusi seeds give this soup a unique color and flavor. If you can't find Egusi seeds, you can substitute pumpkin seeds. Any combination of crab, shrimp and smoked fish can be used in place of the shrimp. Drained, smoked oysters and chicken can be used in place of the beef." You might even try collards or chopped cabbage instead of spinach.

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    1. 1
      Place pumpkin seeds in a blender and blend for 30 to 40 seconds or until mixture is a powdery paste.
    2. 2
      Set aside.
    3. 3
      Wash beef and cut into bite-size cubes.
    4. 4
      Season with salt.
    5. 5
      In large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes.
    6. 6
      Add beef and saute for 3 to 5 minutes or until brown but not cooked through.
    7. 7
      Place tomatoes, onions, and pepper in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
    8. 8
      Add tomato mixture to meat, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover.
    9. 9
      Cook for 40 to 50 minutes or until meat is tender.
    10. 10
      Add tomato sauce, water, and shrimp and simmer for 10 minutes.
    11. 11
      Add spinach and ground pumpkin seeds and continue to simmer 10 minutes more.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 25, 2008


      Outstanding! When I saw this recipe I had to try it because one of our favorite children's books, Oh No Toto, features a hungry toddler and egussi soup. I used pumpkin seeds, of course, and because 1.5 lbs beef + 2 lbs of shrimp would cost about $15, I cut the recipe down to 1/3 and just used 1 lb of shrimp. I skipped all the beef instructions and simmered the oil with the tomato-onion-pepper mash while I peeled the shrimp. Tomato sauce comes here in an 8 oz can, so I just used the whole thing and skipped the tomato paste. This was really good. Thanks! Reviewed for ZWT4.

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    Nutritional Facts for Egusi Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (461 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 658.4
    Calories from Fat 394
    Total Fat 43.8 g
    Saturated Fat 12.5 g
    Cholesterol 261.3 mg
    Sodium 658.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 14.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.8 g
    Sugars 6.0 g
    Protein 52.3 g

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