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Nigeria: How to Make Egusi Soup and Fufu (Pounded Yam)


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City of Surrey, BC



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Egusi soup is popular in Western Africa. The soup is thickened with ground melon, gourd, or squash seeds. Pounded yam is a popular African dish similar to mashed potatoes but heavier. Pounded Yam is very smooth and tasty. It is often eaten with vegetable soup. Egusi soup and pounded yam is traditionally eaten with hands.

(Gluten-Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Option Available)


Egusi Soup

-4 tomatoes

-2 bell peppers

-2 red onions

-2 tbsp red oil

-1 cup ground pumpkin seeds

-2 dried fish

-3 tsp crayfish

-1 pound chicken

-1 pound beef

-1/2 tsp salt

-3 cubes Maggi (sub for veg bouillon)

-seasoning salt to taste

(Sub meat and fish for plant-based proteins, tofu for veg option)

Fufu (pounded yam)

-2 cups yam flour

-2 cups water


Egusi Soup:

Step 1-

Chop tomatoes, pepper and onions. Blend together in a blender.

Step 2-

In a pot, pour the red oil, and add the blended tomatoes, peppers and onions. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, then add the boiled chicken.

Step 3-

Add the beef and chicken. Cook for another 15- 20 minutes.

Step 4-

Add the crayfish, Maggie cube, salt, ground pumpkin seeds, and the dry fish. Cook for another 6 minutes.

Step 5-

Add the spinach at the end and cook for five minutes.

Step 6-

Serve with fufu.

Fufu (Pounded Yam):

Step 1-

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil.

Step 2-

Gradually add two cups of yam flour, stirring it until it becomes dough.

Step 3-

Dip in Egusi soup. Enjoy eating with your hands!

Be sure to post your cooking results on social media using the hashtag #SurreyFusion and tag @surreybcevents.



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