Egusi Ijebu is Egusi soup prepared the way the Ijebus like it. It is their special delicacy and for good reason too. It's tasty and rich in lots of protein aka meats and fish and the iru ( locust beans ) plus or minus ogiri makes it worth your while. Do you want some poundo or amala now? ?
Egusi ijebu is typical Egusi made without vegetables. That's what sets it apart from Efo elegusi and the other Egusi Soups Wait a minute another difference is the consistency of the Egusi Soup. Egusi Ijebu is light and smooth while most other Egusi soups are thick and lumpy / pebbly / grainy.
How to nail the consistency of Egusi Ijebu
- Because Egusi Ijebu should be Smooth and consistent just like gbegiri ( bean soup) Make sure you blend the Egusi, onion, pepper to a smooth consistency.
- When you put the blended Egusi in the pot of meat stock you have to stir consistently to prevent the lumps from forming. The total opposite to Efo elegusi...
- If all else fails and it becomes lumpy, just remove all the meats from the soup ?and use your hand blender to smoothen things up. Shhhh ? Don't worry nobody will know.. I hope ?? ... Where are my ijebu peeps? Hope you can forgive me ?
Erhmmm... This amala you see in the picture is made with the microwave. Check out how I make my amala in the microwave in just 5 minutes .
What can I eat with Egusi Ijebu?
Egusi Ijebu can be enjoyed along but it is usually eaten with pounded yam or amala. But you can eat Egusi Ijebu with Oatmeal swallow, Eba or any other swallow of your choice. You can also eat it with while rice.
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Egusi Ijebu is Egusi soup prepared the way the Ijebus like it. It is their special delicacy and for good reason too. It's tasty and rich in lots of protein aka meats and fish and the iru ( locust beans ) plus or minus ogiri makes it worth your while.
2 cups ground Egusi
1 red bell pepper
2 habanero peppers
¼ cup iru ( washed)
½ cup ground crayfish
1 cup Palm oil
500g goat meat precooked
100 g beef tripe
100g cow skin
1 or 2 dry fish cleaned and de boned.
200 g Stock fish
6 cups of meat stock
Bring meat stock to Boil
Blend Egusi, onions, habanero pepper, red bell pepper in a blender till smooth
Pour Egusi blend into the boiling meat stock. Then add washed iru and crayfish.
Stir Egusi blend to mix in properly with the meat stock ( you need to keep stirring consistently at intervals to prevent the egusi from clumping together like efoelegusi )
Add the palm oil and cook soup on medium high for 35-40 mins while stirring consistently. Top up with water as needed because Egusi ijebu should be of a light consistency not thick.
Add the precooked meats and fish, taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
Let simmer for another 5 mins. Turn off heat and leave the pot slightly open to let off steam.
Enjoy with your favorite swallow.