How To Cook MY Melon Bitterleaf Soup

A pot of cooked melon washed bitter leaf soup
This egusi soup can be cooked with washed bitter leaf like this, ugu leaves or spinach. Ingredients depend on the taste you want. Add
less water to get a thick pot of soup or more to get a watery pot that I like. Periwinkle can be added, cowskin and even snails can be added .

HOW TO COOK EGUSI SOUP WITH BITTER LEAF

Melon bitterleaf soup can be
served with any swallow. For those who find it hard swallowing egusi soup, add very little ogbono after soup is cooked. It makes the soup softer and a bit slimy. This is a large pot of soup.

INGREDIENTS:
3 cups ground egusi
1 medium sizd stock fish
1kg beef
1 small onion to steam meat
salt to taste
2 cups washed bitter leaf (You can use any other green vegetable of choice)
2 medium sized dried catfish
1 cup ground crayfish
1 tablespoon ground pepper
2 seasoning cubes
1 cup palm oil



First wash and boil stock-fish, meat, onion and salt
Add some water when you notice pot drying up.
While soup cooks or before that, Squeeze and wash the bitter leaf until that bitterness disappears and set aside to add later.
Next, add  washed smoked
catfish, pepper, seasoning cubes and more salt to boiling pot.
Your Nigerian soup base is ready. Now Add ground Egusi (melon) and crayfish to boiling pot.
Just added melon and crayfish to boiling soup
Add palm oil to pot.
Palm Oil boils, cooks and mixes with melon. Cover and leave to boil for about 10 minutes checking and stirring occasionally. Check for salt.


Add washed bitter leaf to boiling Egusi (melon) soup
Bitter leaf boils in the soup for about 5 minutes, before you turn off the heat and serve. The name is bitter leaf but the soup is tasty as that bitter taste is removed during washing.
Scooping cooked soup for the freezer
Cooked soup cooling and waiting to be packed in the freezer
This soup will last for at least three weeks cos I serve swallow like once a week, at most twice.

Comments

  1. Ofe Egusi + Onugbu...
    Obe Egusi + Ewuro...

    Nicey!
    Hehehehe....
    Lemme go back to my yam porridge!

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    1. Ace, enjoy your yam porridge with Chardonay if you like o.

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    2. Bislondy6/20/2013

      hehehe...I am gradually learning another language on this blog. thanks to Ace and Bona. This blog is just a blessing in so many ways. Aunty Eya #thumbsup

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  2. Aunty Eya, keep up the good work. You added palm oil much later; is the palm oil taste very obvious in the stew?

    I'm of the view that if palm oil is added to food in the middle or tail end of cooking, its taste and aroma overpowers the food. Please am I right or wrong? Thanks.

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    1. No Ruby, the taste is not obvious at all. I let it boil and cook for looong before adding vegetables.
      Yes you are right. If you let t palm oil cook very well, that taste won't be there at all.

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    2. Thanks Aunty Eya.

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  3. Anonymous6/19/2013

    Lolol aunty eya like say u knw ur blog readers,me sef wan tasi u say dis ur soup go bitter die!pls I cook my egusi a bit different!I like my lumpy egusi.bt dis looks yum!well done

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    1. You see? I just knew it, that somebody will be itching to bash me. That bitterlef was squeezed again after I got home. I make lumpy egusi too sometimes.
      Thanks.

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  4. ђåª•ђåª•ђåª... Lmao @make urs with groundnut oil and strawberry and serve with pounded egg. Well done Aunty Eya! Mi likey! I cook mine like this atimes.

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    1. Thank you Annie. Yes o, those who like to bash can boil eggs and pound to serve with their egusi strawberry groundnut oil soup.

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  5. Anonymous6/19/2013

    that your cat fish looks really scary

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    1. Sorry about that dear. Hope you have not picked race already?

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  6. Anonymous6/19/2013

    that your cat fish looks really scary

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  7. Spirited Ma Eya. I just finished making this soup with goat meat and okporoko this evening. It tasted really nice, I know coz he said so and I felt it too. So loving bitterleave egusi these days more than fluted pumpkin leaves(ugu)

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    1. I'm happy he likes it AND YES WE ARE IN THE SPIRIT.Did you cook with much or scanty bitterleaf?

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    2. I cooked with enough bitterleaf tho not excess. My husbands tribe ain't so much into veggies so I try as much to balance it while introducing him to the eat veggies more

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    3. Eheen Ma Eya that reminds me. I usually dislike the taste of boiled bitterleaf in my soups coz momsy made me wash and wash till the bitterness is out so cooking to remove that bitterness in cases where market people didn't do the job well kinda makes it look somehow for me.
      So what when my customer doesn't have is mash it a little more and then add the bitterleaf immediately I add my egusi and then cook till done. I allow my egusi on fire for 20minutes.

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  8. This ur soup is tempting me to make swallow asap. I just love bitter leaf soup anyhow its made coz of dat bitter taste.
    You are just like me that cooks stews and soups to last 2 weeks and keep in d freezer. My only problem is it lasts for just over a week coz hubby eats swallow 3-4evenings a week n sometimes use d soup for yam or rice.
    Keep up the good work and keep d food coming Sis Eya.

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    1. @Lizzy, me I don't like that bitter taste at aaaaall. What I do is let it be squeezed again and washed until all the bitter taste is removed. After washing off all the bitter taste, a nice sweet taste comes out, that's theb taste I like. I can't eat it bitter but enjoyn that taste that comes when the bitter is washed off.
      Me I cook and store a lot. I can't start cooking when people are hungry. I just bring out from the freezer, serve fast fast and get all the praises *rme*

      For yam and rice I serve vegetable stew, egg sauce tomato stew and other stews o. My soup is for swallow.

      Thanks Lizzy. You guys are my inspiration o. There are times I don'tknpw what recipe to post and when I check my mails, VOILA, a recipe is waiting for me.
      God bless y'all too.

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  9. Lol!! Aunty eya u no go kpai person. The soup looks nice, how I wish I wil learn cooking egusi this way but am so adicted to my local lumpy egusi and it takes time too cuz I wil nid to pound onion nd egusi, boil it til its done. I love it dat way, its so yummy wit dat lumpiness I enjoy.

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    1. Babe, no need for all the pounding and boiling work.

      I learnt this from Momsy: grate onion, add ground melon to it and mix very well till sticky. Take it bit by bit, add to the cooking stew, leave to cook for few mins and your lumpy egusi is ready.

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    2. @PINK bERRY, trybthis method too, you might like it.
      Thank youn Ruby, I just bookmarked that tip.

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    3. opeoluwa6/20/2013

      You can also add raw eggs to the grated onions then add it to the egusi. Trust me you will like the aroma. Dont insult me o jst do it first then come back to thank me.

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  10. Aunty Eya has made me laugh tire this night o..... Na rili strwberry and pounded eggs...lol...

    But me no like bitter leaf ...I still wonder why out of all the vegetables in the world, someone chose to use the bitter one.

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    1. Ahdaisy, it's because the body loves bitter things that's why.

      Did you know that the gastric juice in the stomach is bitter and not sweet? Even bile is bitter in taste too.

      Too much sweet foods harm the body unlike bitter foods, which are good for body detoxification.

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    2. Heheheh Ahdaisy, me too, I don't like that bitter taste. I wash it off. There is a sweet taste in bitterleaf when that bitter taste is removed.

      Bitterleaf is healthy too. We need it. I know a lot of people who don't like bitterleaf soups, no matter how much you wash, because of that name bitter leaf, they won't eat.

      Ruby thanks for the info, God bless you.
      Good night.

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    3. Ok..Ruby and Aunty Eya... My mum has been trying to sell the idea of Onugbu soup and this one to me since. It's not werking for me. Funny enuf, I can drink bitter leaf juice, I can eat the washed vegetables like that, but once it is made into soup, I just lose interest. I also think washing it removes all the nutrients. But no be today sha, most of our meals have lost it's nutrients.

      Ehhen, for the nutritionists and medical docs in the house. Shouldn't we all be taking one supplement or the other? Such as Wellman and Wellwoman? Since most of our meals have lost nutrients and many of us dnt have time for salads and power smoothies? Is there any long term side effect of taking supplement tablets?

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    4. Ahdaisy thanks for this question cos I take supplements daily and don't know if there are side effects. #chalk

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    5. @Ahdaisy: I been think say you follow 'sister' go Swiss and Dubai. Welcome back :-)

      @Eya: That's how we've always cooked our Egusi oh. With bitter leaf washed well but leaving a little of the bitter taste. It tastes good! Better than just using any other green leaf.

      @Rubynnia: Hailings o!

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    6. Jay love, no mind sister o... You know say we both like money. Na so me and her reach Dubai finish, come quarrel about wetin we go buy. She want Lace, me I want Silk. Na so she con leave me for Dubai go Swiz. So, I had to retrace my steps. :-) . Good to be back. How are you dear?

      Someone shud pls answer Aunty Eya and I o...abeg.

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    7. LOOL@Ahdaisy. Sister, your new blog BFF. Make una no dey quarrel again o. Too bad, Deborah wasn't with you guys in Dubai to settle the quarrel this time. Lol

      My dear, I'm fine oh. Good to have you back. We missed ya :-)

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    8. Lol! My new bff o... I have called her to tell her sorry, she said she will buy Wristwatch and chocolate for me when she is coming back... :-)

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    9. Hehehehe. That's more like it. Lol

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    10. Hello Jay
      *waving*

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  11. hmmmmnn bitter leaf soup, thats a new one for me. will try it but in a small portion of egusi o. never tried it before.

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    1. Deborah, remember to squeeze and wash till you don't taste any bitter before adding to your soup so you don't create a bitter pot of soup.

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    2. If you cook without washing very well, no one will be able to eat your soup except those who like bitter taste.

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    3. okay, thanks but washing this bitter leaf wont it make my hands bitter for a long time bcos when am in deep thought i like to put a finger in my mouth.

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  12. Anonymous6/20/2013

    Eya learn 2 watermark/put your WC logo on each of ur pics. Start that ryt now.

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  13. @ruby..very crucial tip; the grated onion and ground melon.. i often wonder how to make my egusi more lumpier.. thanks.. great tip . nice work,sweet aunty eya.. peace

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  14. I just started adding watermarks to our blog pics. Please scroll up and see if those ones are fine.

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  15. Anonymous6/20/2013

    It still won't hurt to improve on presentation.
    Criticism shldnt hurt as long as its constructive nd without malice.
    U r very pretty IMO and u ve lovely features, I wld also love to c a professionally done picture
    U r now an international woman .

    Much love
    Mmrs. O

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    1. MADAM, LEAVE AUNTY EYA ALONE6/20/2013

      Who is this now? Allow Eya do what she wants pls. How many times will you say this to her. she is an adult and it's not by force. Don't you think sheknows what she wants with her blog. With bad presentation the blog is growing. What else does a blogger want?

      With this presentation she got one million page views within a year of blogging, is that not good enough? With all your international presentation (I won't say what I wanted to. I think Eya is doing well as a new blogger.

      Stop repeating yourself. Advice noted by all of us here. NEXT.

      You want interntional presentation, she wants to present it like it is happening in her kitchen, who is more real here? You wanted her to wipe all the egusi on the corners of the pot before taking pics ni? PLEASE:(

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    2. MADAM CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM WHY NOT REST ALREADY6/20/2013

      #BlockingMyLongEars

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    3. Jazmyn6/20/2013

      Aunty Eya, if you venture reply that International Anonymous I will be very angry at you.
      Give us another post abeg.

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    4. Amanda6/20/2013

      Lolz at International Anonymous. Aunty Eya doesn't even have time for formers on her blog. Carry go

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    5. TOSIN Bonario6/20/2013

      Anon 9:48, if you love Eya that much, you won't leave that message here. You are strugling too hard to make her change her style. We all cook and post here, why is it wh Eya posts her own recipes that you leave this message. Bring your international recipes lets see. NAIJA WITH FORMING, ABEGI.Don't you know her mail box? Frenemy haters.

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    6. MissDee6/20/2013

      Aunty Eya, the spirit tells me this Anon 9:48 is a kidnapper trying to recognize you, maybe you take off your pic completely for now. She is too interested in your pic when there are many bloggers who don't even put up any pic whatsoever. Read her statement below again:

      *Criticism shldnt hurt as long as its constructive nd without malice.
      U r very pretty IMO and u ve lovely features, I wld also love to c a professionally done picture
      U r now an international woman.*

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    7. Anonymous6/20/2013

      Eya's voltron's if she doesn't ve time she shld stop adding at d end of posts that pple shld not bash her.
      I didn't c where Mrs O insulted her.
      Is it everyone that must agree with u?
      Don't we all ve flaws?
      I tire. For all these pple on these blog.
      We are mature women and we still act like kids.
      If we truly love Eya and want her to grow we shld always tell her d truth.

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    8. MissDee6/20/2013

      Somebody who cannot see you clearly on the pic, how did she now know you have lovely pics? She keeps repeating this statement on your food posts if not that you also have been deleting them. You can delete this her comment as well.

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    9. Anonymous6/20/2013

      Illiteracy is a big problem in this country.
      How pple translate simple comments is beyond me.
      Eya it is ur blog so do wateva u want to do.
      But women can be petty sha.
      As a guy I can't imagine us bantering bout simple things like this.
      Victor

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    10. Anonymous6/20/2013

      Anon like me pls leave my Aunty Eya alone. What do you want to do with her pishur?

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    11. Aunty Eya, this your presentation has taught me how to cook many delicacies for my family so leave it that way. I like.

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    12. MMrs O, why you now replying under different IDs? I tire for youooooooo.

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    13. Anonymous6/20/2013

      Bia, who are you calling Illiterate? I thought you are international? Continue deceiving yaself u hear?

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    14. WAS THERE EVER A TIME EYA WAS A LOCAL WOMAN???6/20/2013

      Mbok, leave her alone. You are free to keep visiting your international blogs. We love her like this.

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    15. Anonymous6/20/2013

      Aunty Eya pls hold tight to the method that gave your blog a boom. Let no faceless (wo)man deceive you. I'm warning you now. Don't say Chi didn't warn you.

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    16. Can illiteate people read and write? Tell me.

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    17. Anonymous6/20/2013

      Sorry, you are the bitter illiterate here.

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  16. hmmmm aunty Eya this looks lovely. i add tintomato or fresh tomato to my egusi and it gives it a whole new divine taste.

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  17. This is how we make egusi in my house and when I move to my hubby's house, I hope to continue( pray he likes it) when you refrigerate egusi made with ugwu and warm later you don't get the almost fresh like taste and sight you get from egusi made with bitter leaf.

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    1. Anonymous6/20/2013

      GBAM!!! Thank you

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  18. Bislondy6/20/2013

    This is how we make egusi in my house. I have tried the lumpy one but it wont just form. I know i will get it someday sha
    I love the sweet taste that comes after the bitter taste of bitter leaf. Just like the saying goes 'Adun lo n gbeyin ewuro'

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    1. Chop knuckle Bislondy. True true 'adun lo n gbeyin ewuro'.
      For pple that don't understand it means- sweet taste comes after d bitter leaf taste. Its also used as a proverb and translated as follows- a sweet thing comes out of every bitter situation.

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  19. I use 2 add water leave instead of ogbono....although I let it boil b4 adding my grounded edusi in onion...then ugu.

    Nice 1 aunty eya.....some1 should prepare gbegiri soup let's see.

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  20. Anonymous6/21/2013

    Leaf*

    Thank me later.

    #yawns

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  21. Anonymous11/21/2013

    i just found out about your website

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