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White Egusi and Spinach

Hello and welcome to The Cooking Wardrobe. Another weekend is upon us and I thought it would be nice to show you another Saturday dish from my beloved Sierra Leone. Today's main ingredient that I am showcasing is the Egusi (pumpkin or melon seeds). This ingredient is kind of an all rounder because it goes well with a lot of green leafy vegetables, and  you can use any meat or fish of your choice, and it tastes great with or without palmoil.  Today's version though is with pig's trotters, tails, snapper and no oil.

You will need:

1 medium sized pigs trotters, 4 large pigs tails (both cut into pieces and cooked for 15 minutes), 500 gms spinach, 1 medium sized snapper (cleaned and cut into pieces), 1 cup egusi (blended into smooth paste), 1 medium sized brown onion, 2 habanero chillis, 1 tbs ogiri (fermented sesame seeds), 6 maggi beef stock cubes, 3 cups water.
In a saucepan over high heat, add trotters, tails and water and cook for 10 minutes.

Then add blended egusi, onions, chilli and stock cubes and cook for 15 minutes.
lower heat to medium, add spinach and cook for 12 - 15 minutes
Finally, add fish and cook for 10 minutes

Serve with cooked semolina. That's your Saturday covered. Enjoy


  1. Looks yummy and good. Great post Elsie!! Thanks for visiting my blog, very much appreciated. Following you now via GFC. Please feel free to follow back, will be appreciated too. Have a great weekend.


  2. wow, I'd love to try this dish Elsie!! Jan x

    1. Pretty sure you will enjoy it Jan. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Oh my goodness Elsie!!!
    This looks so good i can taste it.
    Oosigh u fen ogiri?
    Do u know how to make it?
    Maybe a blog post pretty please.
    Thank you.

    1. Thank you someone I must know and curious to find out who :). Yes ar sabi make ogiri but na me modenlaw make dis wan.


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