by Francis Akhalbey, at 09:03 am, May 25, 2018, Foodie Friday

[Foodie Friday] Eba with egusi soup, one of Nigeria’s favorite dishes

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On today’s edition of #FoodieFriday, we spotlight one of the most popular dishes in Nigeria, eba/gari (dried grated cassava flour mixed with hot water) with egusi (melon seed) soup. Check out the recipe courtesy


  • 1 pound meat smoked turkey or beef or combination of both
  • 1/ 2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 -3 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup canola or any cooking oil
  • 3 garlic cloves- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup ground egusi
  • 1/3 cup ground or smashed crayfish
  • 2-3 cups or more spinach


  • In medium –sized saucepan boil beef seasoned with salt (garlic salt), smoked paprika, pepper, and onions until tender – make sure you have added plenty of water so you have about 3-4 cups of beef stock to use for cooking. Remove the beef and reserve the stock.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions. Sauté the onion until it is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add beef, smoked turkey, crayfish and continue with cooking
  • Stir in the tomatoes with its juices and garlic. Add 1-2 cups of beef stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for another 5 minutes
  • Then add ground egusi and keep simmering on medium-heat approximately 10 minutes. Add beef stock to desired consistency or when simmering to prevent any burns
  • Finally, throw in the spinach; let it simmer for about 4-5 minutes. Adjust seasonings
  • Serve warm with plantains, eba, yams or accompaniment of choice.

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