Ewedu, a traditional Nigerian dish, is prepared by blending and cooking jute leaves to create a smooth, slightly slimy consistency and sumptuous dish.

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


Servings: 1
  • 1 bunch
    Ewedu leaves (jute leaves)
  • 1-2 tbsps
    Locust beans (iru)
  • 1-2 tbsps
    Blended Egusi (melon seeds)
  • Salt Adjust to taste
  • Water


  1. Start by picking and washing the ewedu leaves thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris

  2. Place the cleaned ewedu leaves in a blender or food processor. And blend until you get a smooth, green, and slightly slimy consistency. If it's too thick, add a little water to help with blending.

  3. Pour the blended mixture into a pot and add 2 cups of water. Place the pot on medium heat and stir continuously. The ewedu will begin to thicken.

  4. Keep stirring until the ewedu mixture has thickened to your desired consistency. This usually takes about 5-10 minutes. Some people prefer it thicker than others, so adjust as needed.

  5. Add the egusi, locust beans and salt to taste once the ewedu soup has thickened and stir for another minute or two.

  6. Remove the pot from the heat, and your ewedu soup is ready to serve!


Ewedu soup is often served with Nigerian stewed tomatoes and peppers and eaten with eba or amala. Enjoy your meal!


Courses: Nigerian Meals, Soups
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: Blended soup, Ewedu soup, Jute leaves
Difficulty: Level 2 (average)
Cooking time: 30-60 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 5-10 ingredients
Taste: Fresh, Savory, Spicy
Preparation method: Blending, Cooking
Type of dish: accompaniments, Soup
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge

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