How To Prepare Delicious Melon Soup

Here is a description of how to cook delicious melon soup and the recipe.

One of my favorite soups is melon soup popularly known as Egusi soup. Egusi soup is a Nigerian soup that is prepared with grounded melon seed and some leafy vegetables such as pumpkin leaves, bitter leaves, or uziza leaves. It is one of the most popular soups in Nigeria and it is eaten mostly by the Igbos. Egusi is the name given to the seeds of some cucurbitaceous plants which are rich in protein. These cucurbitaceous plants include plants like squash, melon, gourd, etc. They are dried and then grounded. This serves as the basic ingredient for egusi/melon soup. 

Egusi seeds are very healthy as they contain essential nutrients. It is rich in vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, and C. It consists of minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium, etc. In addition to the vitamins, it contains, it is made up of palmitic, stearic, linoleic, and oleic acid. It is also rich in fatty acids and protein. 

The health benefits of the leafy vegetables present in it cannot be overemphasized. Pumpkin leaves are rich in Vitamin A and C. They help to lower blood pressure, thus reducing the risk of hypertension. They also have antioxidant properties. Bitterleaf on the other hand helps to regulate the blood cholesterol level. It also helps to detoxify the body system. In addition, uziza leaf is rich in dietary fiber and contains vitamin C and E. 

 

This article presents to you a detailed explanation of how to prepare a delicious melon soup.

RECIPE FOR MELON SOUP:

1. Grounded melon seeds

2. Scotch bonnet pepper

3. Onions 

4. Tomatoes 

5. Chicken / Goat meat / Beef 

6. Crayfish 

7. Stockfish 

8. Salt 

9. Seasoning 

10. Pumpkin leaves 

11. Uziza leaves 

12. Bitterleaf 

13. Ponmo

14. Smoked fish

15. Palm oil

(You may decide to use either of these vegetables mentioned above. However, I prefer using the three of them at once because of the delicious taste it gives. )

 

HOW TO COOK MELON SOUP

Step 1. Boil your meat be it your chicken, goat meat, or beef. Spice it with some onions, seasoning, and salt when boiling. 

Step 2. Blend the tomatoes, crayfish, scotch bonnet pepper, and onions. Ensure that you use just a small amount of tomatoes. Some people don't even add tomatoes in their Egusi soup but I like adding it. Too many tomatoes in your Egusi soup could make it taste sour. 

Step 3. Mix your blended mixture with the grounded Egusi to form a thick mixture. 

Step 4. Get a pot, heat for a while, and add some palm oil. Heat the oil for 30 seconds and then take a small scoop and start adding the Egusi which has been mixed with the blended mixture. Reduce the heat source and allow the Egusi to fry very well. Add some water if you notice it is about to burn. Fry the Egusi thoroughly until it looks like fried eggs. This should take about 5 minutes.

Step 5. When the Egusi is fully fried, add the stock water and the meat. Add the stockfish, ponmo, smoked fish, and some water. Cover the cooking pot and allow it to cook for 10 minutes.

Step 6. Add some salt and seasoning and taste. 

Step 7. Get your vegetables ready by washing them thoroughly to remove dirt. Slice the pumpkin leaves, wash bitterleaf, and uziza leaves into the soup. Stir and allow to cook for about 10 minutes.

Step 8. Your soup is ready to be served. You can serve with pounded yam, eba or semo. 

 

Don't forget to try out this recipe. I'm sure you would find the soup so tasty. Don't forget that the secret to delicious food is the right recipe and method. 

 


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