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Recipe For Groundnut Soup

Groundnut soup, also known as Omisagwe, is a soup made from peanuts or groundnuts, usually with various other ingredients. It is a staple of African cuisines in countries such as Nigeria and Ghana. In Nigeria, among the Benin(Edo) people, it’s a native soup often eaten with pounded yam. It’s also interesting to note that, it’s prepared the same way as Egusi soup.

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g of raw peeled groundnuts (ensure to roast the raw groundnuts in a pan, stir in a pan until slightly brown. After it cools, grind until powder form).
  • Assorted meat and fish, preferably beef, shaki (cow tripe), dry fish, stockfish (Okporoko)
  • Palm oil
  • A small bunch of Nigerian pumpkin leaves(Ugu) or bitter leaf( depending on the leaf you use to prepare your egusi soup).
  • 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
  • 2 big stock cubes
  • Salt and ground dry cayenne pepper or habanero pepper (rodo, small red pepper) to taste.

N.B: Before cooking Groundnut soup

  • Ensure to soak the stockfish and dry fish for a few hours, when soft, clean the fish, remove the bones and separate them into small pieces.
  • Wash and cut the leaves into tiny pieces.

DIRECTIONS

  • Start by cooking the shaki (since it happens to be the toughest meat). Ensure the water in the pot is just a little higher than the contents of the pot, add more water if you feel a need to.
  • When the shaki starts to soften and curl, add the dry fish and stockfish.
  • As the shaki softens, add the beef and the stock cubes, and cook until all the meat and fish are well done.
  • Add crayfish at this point, salt and pepper and cover the pot and cook, till it boils.
  • Drain out the meat and fish and put in a different pot, leaving the stock in the former pot.
  • Add the ground groundnuts (no pun intended) and stir well until there are no lumps. Reduce the heat to a very low level and start cooking.
  • Stir every 5 minutes and top up water as stated earlier, if need be. Note that this mixture burns easily so watch closely and stir continuously if necessary.
  • Cook till a thin film of clear oil appears on the surface, which should take about 15 minutes. Add palm oil and stir very well.
  • Add the meat and fish, stir and cook on low heat till it cooks properly.
  • Add vegetables (if you prefer your soup with it), stir and leave to simmer. Stir for the last time and voila our groundnut soup is ready.
  • Serve soup with any form of swallow.

Check out this article for the types of Swallow you can combine with your groundnut soup.

Image credit: knorr.ng

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Amara Adanna Ogbonna

Amara Adanna Ogbonna is a Christian, foodie, and lover of arts. She spends most of her time on Facebook.

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