Today I will show you how to prepare one of my favourite soups-another Niger Delta soup and it is similar to Gbagbafofo (Oiless Okra PepperSoup). This is the ONLY way I have been cooking Egusi soup in the past 5 months. Egusi Peppersoup is also called "Ovwoworikpogiri" (Urhobo name) and is a fusion of Egusi + pepper soup. You will love it, especially if you are on the fitfam train wey dey forbid oil πŸ˜‰
200g Blended Melon (Egusi)
1/4 Ground Crayfish
1/4 Peppersoup Spice

Iwo/Ehuru (10) (that's what gives the pepper soup aroma)
Urheri /Uda (2) (you take out the seed and discard)
Umilo/Ulima (2 )
Ataiko/Atariko 1/2 tsb (this looks similar to irugeje)
Irugeje (21/2 tsb)

1 tsp Salt
1 Seasoning Cube
4 Habanero (Ata rodo)
1 tsp Cameroon Pepper (Yellow Pepper)
3 Cups Water
Smoked Chicken (as much as you like)
Handful of Big Dried Shrimps
2 Smoked Panla Fish
3 Smoked Catfish
Boiled Beef and stock

  • In a pot add beef broth + beef and add water enough to cook the soup. 
  • Add your ground spices- pepper, ataiko, irugeje, iwo, umilo, gbafilo, crayfish and de-seeded Urheri into the pot as well or the pre-made pepper soup spice. I love this brand and that's what I use on days I don't have energy to grind the spices myself. 
  • I add some chopped fresh pepper, also add some cameroon pepper, big dried prawn and smoked panla fish.
  • Add seasoning cube (depending on how much I used in the beef broth). Don't forget salt for taste (I love using native salt for traditional soups like this but if you have normal salt, use it. 
  • Cover the pot and allow to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Next add blended melon and stir properly. Now you may need to add 2 cups of water or add more till you are satisfied with your consistency. Add crayfish now, and the smoked catfish. 
  • Cover the pot and allow to cook for 15 minutes.
  • It is perfect with Eghwobobo (Starch + Ripe Plantain) or Eghwoeba (Eba +Ripe Plantain) . I had my with Eba.
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  1. This looks yummy, Sisi! Not everyday palm oil lol. Your pictures are so bright. I'm still learning how to take correct picshure.

  2. Sisi, I need to come and eat this egusi and that your buka stew!! Love your posts *chop kiss*

  3. I would love to try to make this but I don't know if we have some of the ingredients in the states. Especially the Nigerian spices you named. Anyway, it looks soon good! I love me some pepper soup..yum!

  4. Something different... Gonna try this today!

  5. I think I need to find some yellow pepper, these look delicious :D

  6. You could also add Beletete instead of the scent leaves to give a more authentic native dish.


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