Stew made with Egusi (melon seeds). It is so full of flavor, meaty and absolutely delicious! I love having it with some boiled rice, plantains or African white yam. Enjoy this enjoy Egusi Stew recipe.
Blend together garlic, ginger and half of the green onions then set aside.
Pour oil into a pot and heat on high for about 4 minutes.
Add in chopped onions and let it saute for 3 minutes until translucent. Be sure to stir from time to time.
Add in chopped tomatoes and let it cook until the tomato shrinks and starts sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Add in ground spices (garlic, ginger and onions) then stir for about 2 minutes. This brings out the flavor of the spices.
Add in ground egusi (with no added water) and mix well. Keep mixing for about 5 minutes (some egusi will stick to the bottom of the pot - that's okay!)
Add in beef with stock. Then add in more water (I added about 1 cup) to get the desired consistency. I always make my stew a little lighter than I would want it at this point because as it simmers, a little of the water dries up. Add salt, seasoning cubes and habanero pepper (gorund or whole according to preference - I normally add it whole with stem on so the heat doesn't get to every part of the food.)
Mix well, cover pot and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Add in green onions, stir well and turn off the heat.
Enjoy with boiled rice, plantains or any starchy side of choice.
1. You could substitute the beef in this recipe with chicken or fish.
2. To make this recipe vegan, use mushrooms instead of beef.