This pepper soup spice infused Egusi soup was inspired by one of my blog readers Uzo. She mentioned cooking Egusi soup with pepper soup spice. That lit a light bulb in my head I knew without thinking twice that it was going to be an amazing combo. Hubby wanted some pepper soup so I decided to buy oxtail and halal chicken and then we decide which of the meats he would prefer for the weekend.
Soup making was in the weekend plans too. You see weekends are my bulk cooking time. It helps me keepSane during the week. He decided that he wanted oxtail pepper soup , While that was cooking I started washing the chicken to store in the freezer for later use . With the aroma of the pepper soup it struck me…. why not make this Egusi soup with some chicken and pepper soup spice.
Here is another is winner for the Fall season. I am sure if fall existed in Nigeria, pepper soup spice would be our choice for everything fall😉😜. Oh well pepper soup is the perfect kick for fall so let’s be prepared to enjoy it more often as the cold months approach.
I was excited to try out this experiment of mine so I set out to make it awesome while keeping my fingers crossed. I knew I would love it but I wasn’t too sure about Mr K and the kiddos. I was hoping I won’t be confined to Egusi soup prison if they happen not like it and declare that swallow isn’t one of their favs until another soup appears or they keep shifting their requests to that other soup in the freezer 🙄 😂. Making this soup definitely reminded me of when I decided to make egusi soup infused with Suya spice (Yaji) it was delish.
Guess what? The pepper soup infused Egusi soup turned out awesomely delicious as I expected and the good news…. everyone loved it. Have you tried Egusi soup spiced up with pepper soup spice or any other unique spice? I would love to hear about it. Please share in the comments section. Thanks Uzo for the inspiration for this soup.❤️ Hello Fall!! Good bye Summer..
Let’s get cooking.😉
This version of Egusi soup is a must make this FALL. The pepper soup spice is the perfect mix for a anyone especially an African that finds himself/herself in the Fall or winter months far away from home. Enjoy!!
- 3 lbs ( 1.3 kg) Halal Chicken cut up and washed ( If you are using the soft American chicken, please see recipe notes below)
- 1.1 lb ( 500g ) stock fish (pre cooked)
- 1/2 cup ground crayfish
- 1/2 lb ( 250g) ground egusi
- 2 large onions ( chop up one, the other will blended with the egos to form a paste)
- 2 habanero peppers
- 1-1/2 cup palmoil
- 12 oz Kale vegetable or any vegetable you like (chopped)
- 3 Tbsp pepper soup spice mix
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp ginger powder
- salt and/or bouillon powder to taste
Transfer chicken into an 8 quart stock pot, add enough water to cover the chicken. Add chopped onion, ginger, garlic and bouillon powder and begin to cook
To the jar of a blender, pour in the dry ground egusi, the second onion, habanero pepper, and 2 cups water. blend to form a paste.
Pour the egusi paste into the cooking chicken. As this cooks you will need to top up water because the soup will begin to thicken and this will be cooking for about 45 mins to ensure the egusi is well cooked to prevent frequent visits to the toilet.
When the soup begins to boil, add the the crayfish, pepper soup spice and precooked stockfish.
Pour in the palmoil and stir. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly
When the soup has cooked for about 40 mins check chicken for doneness. it should be ready now. Allow soup cook for 5 more minutes, add in the chopped kale and stir in. Turn off burner and let the residual heat cook the kale.
Don't cover the pot immediately. Let some steam out. soups like egos don't do well with steam
Enjoy with any swallow of choice
- This Soup was made with hard chicken that's why I started cooking meats and egusi at the same time.
- If you are cooking with the soft American chicken, Mix Egusi paste with about 10 cups of water and begin to cook, add in all the spices when egos has cooked for about 20 mins, pour in palm oil, add in the washed chicken and cook till chicken is cooked through.
- Egusi needs to be cooked for at least 45 mins to reduce the purgative effect it has on some people. If you intend to cook with precooked meats like I do in most of my soups, you need to follow the same steps above to prevent meats from being overcooked.
- Always add vegetables at the end.