Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup is known and beloved all over Nigeria. Blending ground melon seeds with Vchunks, tofu, and black fungus. Simmered to perfection with spices and greens, it's a comforting bowl of tradition. Enjoy it with fufu or your preferred side dish.

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes


Servings: 1
  • 1 cup
    Egusi (melon seeds) ground
  • 75 g
  • 10 g
  • 10 g
    Black fungus
  • 1/4 cup
    Palm oil
  • 1 medium
    Onion chopped
  • Ground pepper (habanero or scotch bonnet) Adjust to Taste
  • 1-2 cups
    Vegetables (spinach, ugu, or bitterleaf) Chopped
  • 1 tsp
    locust beans
  • Salt Adjust to taste
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp


  1. Boil the Vchunks, tofu, black fungus,and chopped onions with enough water to cover in a pot until tender.

  2. Reserve the stock.

  3. Heat the palm oil until it becomes clear (not red) in a separate pot.

  4. Add the ground egusi to the palm oil and stir and cook over low heat, stirring continuously to prevent burning, for about 5 minutes or until the egusi is slightly toasted.

  5. Add the reserved stock to the egusi mixture, stirring well to create a smooth and consistent texture.

  6. Add the boiled Vchunks, tofu and black fungus to the pot, along with the locust beans, ground Ehuru and ground pepper. Let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes.

  7. Add the chopped vegetables and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

  8. Season the soup with salt .

  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your preference.

  10. Serve the Egusi Soup hot with fufu, pounded yam, or any other preferred side.


Feel free to get creative with your choice of greens, selecting those that match your taste or seasonal availability. When toasting the ground egusi in palm oil, exercise caution to prevent burning, as it can impact the flavour negatively. Enjoy this hearty West African dish with your favourite starchy accompaniments for a satisfying meal


Courses: Nigerian Meals, Soups
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: African melon seed soup, Traditional West African dish
Special diets: No added sugar, Nut-free
Difficulty: Level 2 (average)
Cooking time: 45-60 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 10-15 ingredients
Taste: Savory, Spicy
Preparation method: Cooking
Type of dish: Soup
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge

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