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Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew

Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew
African Food, Egusi Stew

Egusi seeds are used to season and thicken vegetable soups and stews such as Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew.

Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew
What is Egusi? Egusi is Africa’s native watermelon originally domesticated in Namibia's Kalahari Desert. Egusi are large with hard flesh that can be eaten, but the most interesting parts of the melon is the seeds.

Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew is traditionally served with a side of starchy fufu, used as a scoop to eat the dish or serve over rice.

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Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew

Smoked Fish Egusi Stew

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Egusi soup is traditionally served with a side of starchy fufu, used as a scoop to eat the dish or serve over rice.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


2 large pieces any smoked fish
2 large handfuls sorrel leaves or spinach
4 skinless chicken thighs
½ cup ground egusi seeds
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons palm oil or butter
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 hot pepper, chopped
3 cups fish stock or water


Heat palm oil over medium heat in a large pot, add onions and garlic. Add remaining ingredients except for egusi, fish and sorrel or spinach. 

Cover and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally until chicken is tender. Add egusi and fish stir, simmer 10 minutes longer. 

Finally, add sorrel or spinach simmer 2-3 minutes serve over fufu or rice.

Did you know?
Egusi stew and fufuSierra Leone GDP per capita, PPP (purchasing power parity) was $1,473 in 2016. GDP per capita (PPP based) is gross domestic product converted to international dollars using purchasing power parity rates and divided by the total population. An international dollar has the same purchasing power over GDP as a U.S. dollar has in the United States. Parity is the state or condition of being equal, especially regarding status or pay. All that to say if you lived in Sierra Leone your average pay per year would be $1,473 which is equal to $122.75 a month or around $4.02 per day. The world bank defines extreme poverty as those who live on less than $1.25 per day in 2005 and $1.90 per day from 2011 ongoing. There are many non-monetary indicators—on education, health, sanitation, water, electricity, etc—that are extremely important for understanding the many dimensions of poverty that people experience. These are an important complement to monetary measures of poverty and are crucial to effectively improving the lives of the poorest. The global poverty line does not currently take these multiple dimensions of poverty into account.

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