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How to Make Gbegiri Soup – popular Nigerian soup

Gbegiri soup

Gbegiri soup is a popular Nigerian soup made from black-eyed peas or brown beans. It is a thick and creamy soup with a slightly nutty flavor. Gbegiri soup is often eaten with pounded yam, eba, or amala. It is also a good source of protein and fiber.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups black-eyed peas or brown beans
  • 1/2 cup palm oil
  • 1/4 cup crayfish powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons ground dried pepper (atagungun)
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • Salt to taste

 Instructions

  1. Soak the black-eyed peas or brown beans in water overnight.
  2. Drain the beans and rinse them under cold water.
  3. Place the beans in a pot and add enough water to cover them by about 2 inches.
  4. Bring the beans to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 2 hours, or until they are tender.
  5. While the beans are cooking, heat the palm oil in a separate pot over medium heat.
  6. Add the crayfish powder and ground dried pepper to the palm oil and cook for about 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  7. Once the beans are tender, mash them with a potato masher or blender until they are smooth and creamy.
  8. Add the mashed beans to the pot with the crayfish powder and ground dried pepper.
  9. Add the bouillon cube and salt to taste.
  10. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the soup has thickened.
  11. Serve hot with pounded yam, eba, or amala.
Gbegiri soup
Gbegiri soup

Tips

  • For a richer flavor, you can use smoked crayfish powder.
  • To make the soup thicker, you can add a bit of cornstarch or flour.
  • If you don’t have ataagungun, you can use another type of chili pepper, such as cayenne pepper or habanero pepper.
  • Gbegiri soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Variations

  • Egusi Gbegiri Soup: To make egusi gbegiri soup, add 1/2 cup of ground egusi seeds to the pot with the crayfish powder and ground dried pepper. Cook the egusi seeds for about 2 minutes, or until they are fragrant, before adding the mashed beans.
  • Meat Gbegiri Soup: To make meat gbegiri soup, add 1/2 pound of beef, chicken, or fish to the pot with the beans. Cook the meat until it is browned, then add the crayfish powder, ground dried pepper, and mashed beans.
  • Vegetable Gbegiri Soup: To make vegetable gbegiri soup, add your favorite vegetables to the pot with the beans. Some good options include tomatoes, onions, peppers, and carrots.

FAQs

Q: What is gbegiri soup made of?

A: Gbegiri soup is made from black-eyed peas or brown beans, palm oil, crayfish powder, ground dried pepper, and salt.

Q: How do you make gbegiri soup thicker?

A: To make gbegiri soup thicker, you can add a bit of cornstarch or flour. You can also mash the beans more thoroughly.

Q: What can I serve with gbegiri soup?

A: Gbegiri soup is often served with pounded yam, eba, or amala. It can also be served with rice or bread.

Q: Can I freeze gbegiri soup?

A: Yes, you can freeze gbegiri soup for up to 3 months. Just be sure to let it thaw completely before reheating it.

Q: What are the benefits of eating gbegiri soup?

A: Gbegiri soup is a good source of protein and fiber. It is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as iron, potassium, and magnesium.

Conclusion

Gbegiri soup is a delicious and nutritious soup that is easy to make. It is a great option for a weeknight meal or a special occasion. Serve it with your favorite sides and enjoy!