Sesame Seed Soup
Sometimes I’m in awe at the sheer variety of recipes available in Nigeria. As in! I sent out an appeal on BBM asking for Nigerian soup recipes from all parts of Nigeria. Can I just say my mind was blown!
Recipes I would never have imagined in my wildest imagination (and my imagination is pretty wild!) were sent to me. I can’t remember the number of times I had to ask the sender of a recipe “am I reading that right, are you sure you mean this ingredient?”.
I got a huge number of strange recipes, and, going by the success of this soup, I’m happy to try them all.
This sesame seed recipe was sent in by a guy on my BBM (thanks, Tuvi!), and , since I had sesame seeds at hand, I decided to try it first.
I’m not sure about the origin of this soup (Tuvi isn’t either), so if one of you knows, please tell me.
When I got this recipe, I knew I had to make some additions. I eat a lot of sesame seeds, and to be able to please me as a soup, I knew I would have to add some bitter elements. Also, since I prefer Egusi with uziza leaves (instead of ugu), I used uziza leaves instead. I loved it! This soup is certainly going to be appearing more often in my home. I can’t wait to try it with tomatoes, to reduce oil content.
The bitter element here made the soup taste richer and deeper. It couldn’t have tasted better. Try it, and let me know what you think.
When I told HACE I was making sesame seed soup, he said “you’re on your own, I’m not eating that”. After convincing him to take the first morsel of swallow, his tune changed to “na wa o, Naija has food o. Why didn’t you find out about this earlier?”. ***insert eye rolling emoticon***
Sesame Seed Soup
This serves 10
- 500g of beef, cubed
- 400g of dried cod, softened
- 400g of sesame seeds (beniseeds)
- 1/2 cup of dried crayfish, ground
- 5 atarodo/scotch bonnet, ground
- 1 teaspoon of uziza seeds (ashanti pepper), ground (optional, but adds amazing depth)
- 1 tablespoon of chopped Utazi leaf (the bitter element)
- 1/3 cup of palm oil
- 3 cups of chopped Uziza leaves
- 2 tablespoons of salt
When the meat is almost done, add the cod, and continue cooking.
Grind the sesame seeds to a smooth powder.
Add palm oil, remaining atarodo, uziza seeds, and crayfish to the meat and cod. Stir and simmer for 7 minutes.
Add the ground sesame seeds and stir. Taste for salt. Add the remaining salt, pinch by pinch, to get to your desired taste.
Cook for 3 minutes, then add utazi leaves and uziza leaves. Stir, cook for 2 minutes, then remove from heat.