Recipe by Karena
"This soup is native to West Africa (Nigeria) and many of my American as well as Nigerian friends have enjoyed it. It is a great soup for those who like to try something different every once in a while. 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."
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1 1/2 pounds
cubed beef stew meat
habanero peppers, seeded and minced
1 1/2 cups
fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
fresh spinach, washed and chopped
this is my favourite soup ever, as i am nigerian...you need to try this! absolutely delicious!
This recipe is AUTHENTIC, Egusi is eatten all over West Africa, this is the Nigerian version.
Call me crazy but collard greens work better than spinach with this recipe. This was GREAT. My husband's parents are from Liberia and they are big fans.
It's a very nice soup if you're entertaining a number of people. It's unique, filled with all kinds of good stuff and very, very, very rich. It almost has a "bisque" quality to it, but "nutty" as well.
I used fresh crab, which made it tiring to make -- and as careful as we were in taking the meat out of the shell, we still found shell bits in our soup.
My mistake was trying to eat the entire recipe over the course of a number of consecutive days. It's way too rich to try to eat it that way. Again, highly recommended to give to people as a one course appetizer at a party.
This recipe really satisfies my craving for diversness in cuisine. It tastes simply wonderful and I would love to see more recipes native to the African continent!
The spinach can be replaced by any type of green leafy vegetable, we especially liked this soup using shredded cabbage.
Delicious. I cut the on-line recipe in half and it worked just as well. I also used chicken stock in lieu of water.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 758
** Calories from Fat: 459
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