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Isapa and Egusi soup is a native food from the west part of Nigeria. Isapa is a Yoruba delicacy. Isapa leave is rich in anti-oxidant that helps to fight against free radical whereas melon seed is a good source of protein and omega 6 fatty acids essential for healthy body growth.
Cooking ingredients of Isapa and egusi soup.
- 2 cups of ground egusi.
- 2 large of dry fish.
- 1 cup of fresh isapa (yakwa).
- 3 tablespoon of palm oil.
- 1 large onion.
- 2 tablespoon of locus beans.
- 3 fresh tomatoes.
- 2 red peppers
- 1 teaspoon of diluted potash.
- 6 chilli peppers.
- 1 cup of water.
- Maggi, salt to taste.
Mode of isapa preparation
Step 1: Soak isapa overnight or for about 10 hours in a hot water. Add little potash to it.
Step 2: Wash isapa with clean water thoroughly and set aside.
Step 3: Blend the tomatoes, red pepper, chilli pepper and onion together.
Step 4: Add palm oil in a pot and place on fire.
Step 5: Heat up for about 3 minutes and adds blended ingredients with locust beans and fish.
Step 6: Pour the melon into a bowl with a little water and mix well.
Step 7: Mold the egusi into balls and drop into the cooking pot.
Step 8: Cook for 10 minutes and stir gently.
Step 9: Add the washed isapa, Maggi and salt to taste.
Step 10: Stem for about 5 minutes.
Step 11: Serve isapa with amala to enjoy