Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup

Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup! This classic combination is a match made in heaven, and for good reason. Made from boiled yams, is a comforting swallow, while Egusi Soup, packed with protein-rich melon seeds and veggies, adds a nutritious flavor.

The combination creates a satisfying and nourishing meal that’s loved by many. It’s a beloved favorite in Nigerian cuisine. We love it so much and there’s hardly a home that doesn’t eat pounded yam.

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Is Pounded Yam the Same as Fufu?

No, pounded yam and fufu are not the same. Pounded yam is made by pounding boiled yam until it becomes a smooth, elastic dough-like texture. Fufu, on the other hand, is made by pounding boiled cassava into a similar dough-like texture.

Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup

Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup

Avatar photoTaiwo Oladapo
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine African, Ghanaian, Nigerian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

Pounded Yam

  • 1 tuber yam
  • water

Egusi Soup

  • 1 cup grounded/milled Egusi
  • 5 bonnet pepper (ata rodo) Grated
  • ½ cup palm oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • Locust beans (Iru)
  • Salt
  • Sliced vegetable leaves
  • 1 big cow skin (ponmo)
  • Brown stock (meat stock)
  • 2 Fresh/dried fish
  • Protein of choice

Instructions
 

Pounded Yam

  • Peel the yam and rinse in clean water.
  • Arrange the yam in a pot.
  • Boil the yam until it is tender.
  • Wash the mortar and pestle until it is clean.
  • Pound the yam until it is smooth, add warm/hot water used for cooking the yam while pounding.

Egusi Soup

  • Mix the milled egusi, salt, a little onion, and brown stock to form a paste. Set aside.
  • On a medium heat, place a clean pot.
  • Pour the palm oil into the pot. Pour in the egusi paste in the palm oil ( pour in the egusi paste before the palm oil is hot to avoid smoky egusi soup)
  • Pour in the grated pepper and stir.
  • Add the locust beans to the soup (rinse the locust beans to remove sand). Allow to cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the beef, cow skin, fish, and stir to incorporate well.
  • Correct the seasoning, add the sliced vegetable leaves and diced onions. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
Keyword egusi soup, Pounded Yam
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