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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


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