Recipe For Traditional Egusi Soup With Akpurakpu Egusi
There are many ways to prepare egusi soup and there are many other seeds called thickeners combined with egusi to make a delicious soup.
The akpurakpu egusi or Ofe Achara is a traditional recipe that is peculiar to natives of Abia state. The process requires making egusi into disc-like shapes using a mixture of predominantly egusi, and other ingredients, then adding it to the soup. This makes for a very rich soup filled with edible treats.
- 300g ground egusi (melon seeds)
- 40g ósú
- 2 tbsp achi
- sliced okazi leaves
- 1 cup broken pieces of achara
- 5 tbsp red palm oil
- 3 pieces stockfish
- 1 medium size dry fish
- 1/2 kg, assorted meat
- 2 onions
- 1 wrap, ogiri
- 3 cubes, seasoning
- Habanero pepper
- 4 tbsp crayfish
- 1 tsp dry pepper
- Salt (to taste)
- Wash and soak the stockfish for a while.
- Cook the stockfish adding water salt, onions and seasoning to taste.
- When the stockfish is ready, set aside.
- From the ground egusi, set aside two tablespoons. In a mortar, add the remaining egusi and the osu and pound with a pestle till they are combined.
- Add the dry pepper and salt and pound, then add water from the stockfish in drops and keep pounding till it forms a thick dough.
- Mould the dough into small disc-like shapes and set aside.
- Wash the assorted meat and season with salt, onions and one cube of seasoning.
- When the meat starts to boil, add the moulded disc-like egusi to it and let it cook for about 20 minutes.
- Set aside the egusi moulds. and cook the meat until its soft.
- Set a pot on medium heat, add the palm oil and then the achi and mix. Add stock from the meat and stockfish till it makes a fine mixture.
- Let it cook for a few minutes and then add 2 tablespoons of egusi and let it boil until it thickens.
- Add the dry fish, meat, stockfish and egusi moulds and let it simmer.
- Add the habanero pepper, crayfish and ogiri and let it boil
- Then add the achara and okazi and let it boil.
- Once it boils, set aside to cool.
- Serve with any staple food of choice.