Cookbook:Beniseed or Sesame Soup

Beniseed or Sesame Soup
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Beniseed soup, often known as sesame soup, is a popular Nigerian soup made from sesame seeds. Beniseeds are a frequent food in the middle belt and far north; northerners call them ridi, while Tivs, Idomas, and Igalas call them ishwa, ocha, and igogo, respectively. The Igbos called these seeds isasa, and the Yorubas called them ekuku. The soup can be served with pounded yam, eba, or garri, among other things.




  • Pot
  • Medium-sized bowl


  1. Season the beef and stockfish with seasoning cubes. Place in a pot, and add enough water to cover everything. Simmer until done, then drain and set aside, reserving the broth.
  2. Heat some palm oil in a frying pan, and add the onions. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the ground sesame seeds, and cook for 3 minutes or less, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in the reserved broth, ground crayfish, pepper, locust beans, and cooked meat and fish. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  5. If the soup is too thick, you can thin with water. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  6. Stir in bitterleaf, and simmer for a few more minutes.