Thursday, May 19, 2022

Food: How To Make Groundnut Soup, The Northern Egusi

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Groundnut soup is a nutty, savory and spicy Nigerian peanut stew commonly eaten for lunch or dinner. In Nigeria, peanut stew or groundnut soup is usually eaten with a carbohydrate like rice or a ‘swallow’ like eba. While prevalent all over Nigeria, groundnut soup was originally a product of the Northern part of the country where it is natively called ‘miyar gyada’ and is a common staple in special events such as Weddings and even funerals.
Groundnut Soup (Peanut Soup) is the next best and money-saving soup after Egusi. It has so much in common with the latter, one of which is the method of preparation – it is prepared the same way as Egusi Soup so you can apply any method of making Egusi to get great results!FOOD: How To Make Groundnut Soup, The Northern Egusi
Recipe 1
Raw peeled groundnuts (peanuts) or ground, assorted meat and fish, palm oil, pumpkin leaves, spinach or bitterleaf, ground crayfish, seasoning cubes, salt and ground dry cayenne pepper: to taste
How To Make
Pre Cooking: Soak the stockfish and dry fish in salty hot water for a few minutes, depending on how hard the stock fish is. When soft, clean the fish, remove the bones and break into small pieces.
If using raw groundnuts, roast in a pan, stirring constantly till they are ready to eat, then set aside to cool down completely then dry blend into powdery form.
Wash and shred pumpkin leaves, spinach or bitterleaf and set aside.
Cooking: Boil the meat, stock and dry fishes and when they are soft, add in the crayfish, salt and pepper, cover and boil for some more minutes.
In another pot, boil the groundnuts powder with little water, stirring very well to ensure there are no lumps. Reduce the heat to very low and leave to cook till. Stir every topping up the water little by little if necessary. The mixture burns easily so watch closely and stir as often as necessary. Cook till a thin film of clear oil appears on the surface, which should take about 15 minutes. Add in the palm oil and stir very well, then the beef and fish, stir and cook on low heat for about 5 more minutes. At this point, add in the washed and shreded vegetable, and leave to simmer. Groundnut soup is done!
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Recipe 2:
As in Recipe 1 above
How To Make
After boiling the meat and fish, remove them and set aside, leaving the stock in the pot on fire. Pour in the ground peanuts and ground bonnet pepper in a pot making sure there are no peanut lumps. Bring this mixture to a gentle boil over low- medium heat for about 10 minutes, mixing continuously to prevent burning.
At this stage, you may add more or less water depending on the consistency you prepare. If you prefer a lighter soup, add more water. If you prefer a thicker soup add no more water. Note that as the stew continues to cook, it usually thickens up. It also thickens a little more once it cools down.
After 10 minutes, add in the palm oil, braised meat, crayfish, and cook for another 5 minutes. Add in the veggies if you want to then leave to simmer. Serve your groundnut soup with any swallow of your choice. You may want to try it with rice or spaghetti though, if you wish!

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