MORTAR SOUP: CHEAPEST NIGERIAN SOUP COOKED IN A MORTAR (EGOGE)


The cheapest (most affordable) Nigerian soup egoge is cooked on the floor in a mortar with the pestle used to pound, mix and stir. It can be cooked with just three hundred Naira or less. It is made by just toasting three ingredients and enjoying with any fufu swallow (accompaniment) of choice. If you are from some parts of the
South South Nigeria and have ever visited your village when your grandma was still alive, you may have tasted this very fragrant, delicious, low cost soup. It may not look colorful but tastes really good. It's better to serve this soup and be happy than go to bed on an empty stomach. This delicious low cost soup is fast and needs any of egusi, crayfish and dry chillies (pepper) or groundnut, crayfish and dry pepper. The thickness depends on how you want it. Water is only added at the end when soup is almost ready. This mortar soup can be served with or without meats. It doesn't need any cooking experience to make. I cooked this without chillies because I have my pepper sauce in the freezer and wanted to use that. Aside the two major ingredients egusi and crayfish, every other ingredient is optional.








HOW TO COOK EGUSI MORTAR SOUP:


INGREDIENTS FOR MY LOW COST NATIVE SOUP:
1/2 cup egusi
1/2 cup crayfish
3 dried chillies
1/2 tablespoon dadawa 
1 teaspoon shredded uziza leaves
A pinch of seasoning cube (Optional)
2 cups water

COOKING METHOD
1. Toast egusi, crayfish and pepper in a frypan. Continue to stir in medium heat tIll the melon seeds (egusi) begin to balloon, pop like pop corn and brown.
2. When you notice that.most of the egusi is brown, empty contents in a mortar and pound till smooth powder.
3. Gradually add some warm water and stir till you are good with the thickness. I like this local delicacy served a bit light, not too thick.
4. Serve with  pounded yam, akpu, fufu for maximum enjoyment. If those 2 are not available, you can serve with eba or any accompaniment of choice.
NOTE: A sprinkle of chopped dry uziza leaves or fresh ones, or afang, can be added while adding water.

Comments

  1. Anonymous10/09/2018

    This was used to test a new bride's cooking skills in my area. That was then.

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  2. Anonymous10/09/2018

    Delta State delicacy. Very tasty soup full of roasted aroma. Thanks.

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