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Ewedu And Egusi Soup

Traditionally, ewedu soup is cooked with ewedu brooms known as ‘ijabe’. But, in this recipe I will be sharing with you how to cook your ewedu soup without brooms.


Many people who live outside Nigeria don’t have access to kaun or potash which is used to ensure that ewedu soup remains slimy.

So, I would also share with you a cooking hack on how to cook ewedu without kaun or potash and still get the same slimy texture.

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Here is what you need to know about ewedu soup.

Ewedu soup

Ewedu soup is a traditional Yoruba Soup cooked with ewedu leaf which is the main ingredient for the soup.


This vegetable soup is enjoyed by the Yoruba people who occupy the Western region of Nigeria.

Ewedu in English is Jute leaves and ewedu soup in English is jute soup. Other cultures also enjoy cooking with ewedu leaves although it known by different names such as molokia, molokhai, mulukhiyah, tossa jute and many more.

To prepare ewedu soup is cheap and simple. This is because you don’t need to spend a lot of money to buy ingredients.

As you already know, this post is about how to cook ewedu and egusi soup. So I will be sharing with you how to add egusi to ewedu.

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Ewedu and Egusi Soup

There are different ways and ingredients use to cook ewedu soup, here is a list of some simple ewedu soup recipes you will love.

All the outcomes to the recipes listed above are very tasty and they can be enjoyed with any Nigerian swallow of your choice.

Amala and ewedu soup is a popular Yoruba food combination. In fact to take the deliciousness of the meal to the next level this is how to enjoy it.

Spread amala dudu into a bowl, add gbegiri to the bowl, then put assorted meat Yoruba stew and top t up with ewedu soup. As the Yoruba will say, Amala gebegiri at ewedu is ready.

Now I will continue this recipe by listing the ingredients needed to prepare ewedu and egusi soup.

Ingredients for Ewedu and Egusi soup

  • 1 medium bunch of Ewedu
  • 1/2 cup egusi
  • 3 water
  • Iru (locust beans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning
  • 3 tablespoon Crayfish powder

How to cook ewedu and egusi soup

  • Remove all the ewedu leaves from the stalk
  • Thoroughly clean ewedu leaves with water as many times as possible till the water is clear. – you must clean your ewedu leaves properly because ewedu grows close to the ground and it is easy for dirt, dust and even small snails to stick to the leaves.

Now, here is an ewedu cooking hack you should know about on how to easily get super slimy ewedu soup.

Use the next step outlined if you don’t like using ewedu brooms or ijabe as Yoruba people call it. You can also use this simple method if you don’t have access to ewedu brooms.

  • Put the cleaned ewedu leaves in your blender
  • Add some water and blended- the smoother the ewedu paste, the more it will draw. Watch the video on my YouTube channel to see the best thickness when using this method.
  • Set your cooker to high heat
  • Place your pot on the cooker and add 1.5 cups of water
  • Add your potash and Iru
  • Cover the pot and allow to boil till the potash dissolves completely
  • Put salt and seasoning powder/cube together in a small bowl
  • Add little water and mix well till properly dissolved then set aside
  • Reduce the heat to medium or low heat.
  • Pour the ewedu paste into the pot of water
  • Mix well the cook for 5 minutes – DO NOT COVER YOUR POT WHILE COOKINGthis is because if you cover your pot the ewedu soup will not be slimy.
  • Then add the dissolved salt and seasoning mix, crayfish powder and grounded egusi
  • Mix very well to make sure that the egusi dissolves properly while try your best to break any egusi lump.
  • You may also add more water if you feel the ewedu soup is to thick for your taste.
  • Here is another cooking hack for this, a simple and easy way to break the egusi lumps is my using ewedu broom.
  • Cook for 5 more minutes with the pot open i.e. without the lid.

Ewedu and egusi is ready to be enjoyed.

ewedu and egusi soup

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How To Cook Ewedu Soup With Egusi Soup

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