Prepare time: 10 min
Cook: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min

Vegan Egusi soup is a vegetarian friendly version of the typical egusi soup. Egusi soup is a West African dish made with a local melon seed and leafy green vegetables. Egusi soup is unarguably the most popular soup in Nigeria. It is accepted to all, unlike many native soups that are only accepted by the natives. Vegan egusi soup still gives you the same awesome flavor of egusi soup with a twist and its perfect for vegetarians.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of ground Egusi (Melon) seeds.
  • 2 tablespoons of red palm oil.
  • 2 Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • A cup of fresh sliced spinach
  • ½ cup of Uziza leaves (optional)
  • 1 Vegetable stock cube
  • ¼ teaspoon of Ogiri/ lru (locust beans)
  • 1 cup of sliced Button Mushroom
  • Salt to taste.

Directions

  1. In a medium cooking pot, add 4 cups of water, bring to a boil.
  2. Put in the ground egusi, palm oil, seasoning cube, pepper and salt to taste and leave on medium
  3. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking to pot.
  4. When content becomes a thick broth, add your vegetables and mushrooms
  5. Cook for a minute and serve

Serving options: Vegan Egusi soup eaten on its own as a soup or a sauce for rice, potatoes or yam.

Nutritional content: Calories 462, Sodium 1,815 mg, Total Fat 28 g, Saturated 6 g, Total Carbohydrates 13 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g Sugars 4 g, Protein 43 g

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Nena Ubani
Nena Ubani (a.k.a Duchess Nena) is a UK based Vegan Chef and Master Herbalist who specializes in African cooking. Nena is the founder of Uziiza.com, UK's first African Vegan Online Store. She uses her knowledge of herbs to create dishes that not only taste good but also provides healing to the body. She hosts regular popups/dinner clubs.

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