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Egusi Soup


cup egusi seeds
1 lb beef tenderloin
teaspoon salt
teaspoon black pepper
cup peanut oil
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 chilli (or jalapeno pepper) seeded and chopped
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
cup water
2 lb any combination of crab, shrimp and fish
1 lb fresh spinach, cleaned and finely chopped or 10 oz frozen, chopped spinach, thawed


Place egusi seeds in a blender and blend for 30 to 40 seconds or until mixture is a powdery paste. Set aside. Wash beef and cut into bite-size cubes. Season with salt and black pepper. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium / high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add beef and saute for 3 to 5 minutes or until brown but not cooked through. Place tomatoes, onions, and peppers in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth. Add tomato mixture to meat, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Cook for 1½ to 2 hours or until meat is tender. Add tomato sauce, 1½ cups water, crab, shrimp, and smoked fish and simmer for 10 minutes. Add spinach and ground egusi seeds and continue to simmer for 10 minutes more, serve.

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