Egusi Ijebu Soup (Melon Soup Without Vegetable) is soup associated to the people of Ogun State in Nigeria. It is cook with melon without vegetable and the consistency of the soup is loose, you can cook it with assorted meat, smoked fish, stockfish, the mixture of meat and fish or any poultry of your choice. I personally won’t use the mixture meat and fish, I like it with either fish or meat.
You need to toast the melon seed before blending but if you have ground melon it’s okay just mix with stock or water. I like to use ground mill then mix after grinding(personal preference), but you can blend with water, it will give you the same result.
You can eat egusi Ijebu with Eba, Amala, Pounded Yam, Rice, Bread etcetera. But what’s better than cold Eba with Egusi Ijebu? hmmm, I like mine with cold Eba, yum! Let’s get started.
- 2 Cups Egusi Seeds or ground
- 1 Big Red Bell Pepper
- 2 Habanero/Rodo
- 1 Onion (chopped)
- 2.5 cups Stock or water
- Smoked Fish
- 1 Tablespoon Locust beans or fermented locust beans (Iru or ogiri) you can add more
- Seasoning cubes
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Crayfish (optional)
- 1/2 Cup Palm Oil (you can use more or less)
- Salt to taste
Clean fish: Soak the smoked fish in hot water and salt and clean. Set aside.
Egusi process: if you're using melon seed toast in a pan, the color changes (a little brown) it takes about 5-7minutes. Blend with some of the stock or water (or grind in a mill and mix with some of the stock or water)
Mix the blended egusi with crayfish and stock or water. Set aside.
Pepper: Clean, deseed the red bell pepper and rinse. Blend the pepper and set aside.
Place a saucepan over a medium-heat add palm oil, when the oil is hot add chopped onion and locust beans and fry for about 1 minutes. The flavor or smell of the fried onion and locust beans would have been everywhere (typing this want me to eat it right now..lol)
Add blended pepper and continue to fry.
Add melon mixture to the pepper and stir.
Add the remaining stock or water and cook further for about 10-12 minutes.
Add smoked fish and stir.
Continue to cook check for the season. I used homemade stock so I didn't use and seasoning yet also because of the fish that was clean with salt.
If you need to add more season, do so now.
Lower the heat check for the thickness you want loose but not watery. If it needs more liquid add more. If you add more liquid let it warm up before you turn off the heat.
Egusi Ijebu with Eba.