Rating: 4.5 stars
40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

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.

Recipe Summary

cook:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
prep:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place pumpkin seeds in a blender and blend for 30 to 40 seconds or until mixture is a powdery paste. Set aside.

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  • Wash beef and cut into bite-size cubes. Season with salt. In large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add beef and saute for 3 to 5 minutes or until brown but not cooked through.

  • Place tomatoes, onions, and pepper in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth. Add tomato mixture to meat, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Cook for 40 to 50 minutes or until meat is tender.

  • Add tomato sauce, water, and shrimp and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Add spinach and ground pumpkin seeds and continue to simmer 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

758 calories; protein 60g; carbohydrates 16.9g; fat 51g; cholesterol 306mg; sodium 858.3mg. Full Nutrition
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