The pawpaw soup is a special and popular soup amongst the Tiv speaking tribe of Nigeria .
The Tiv tribe is one of the largest minority ethnic groups in Nigeria with a population of nearly six million people residing in the middle belt states of Nigeria like Benue , Taraba , Nasarawa and Plateau .
Some of the numerous health benefits of pawpaw include; its ability to reduce free radicals that contribute to cancer development and progression , thereby making it beneficial for cancer treatment and also to reduce cancer risk , it reduces the risk of heart disease , it also gives your skin a more youthful and toned look.
You can eat it for lunch or dinner all year round .
3 Medium sized dry fish
1 Cup of grounded egusi
1 Cup dry pawpaw flakes
2 Cooking spoons of palm oil
5 Medium chilli peppers
4 Knorr seasoning cubes
Salt to taste
1 Tbs of locust beans
Wash the beef , place in a pot then add 1 cube of Knorr , sliced onions and salt to taste . Add water and allow to boil for about 25 minutes .
Soak the dry pawpaw flakes in a cold bowl of water and allow to rise.
Soak the dry fish in a warm bowl of water then rinse and remove the bones after about 3 minutes
In another bowl , make a thick paste with the egusi and leave to rise
After the beef is cooked, remove from the fire and allow it cool for a bit
In another pot , mix some water , beef , beef stock, palm oil , ground fresh chilli pepper , Knorr seasoning, salt and locust beans . Allow boiling for about 10 minutes then add egusi paste to the pot and cover again without stirring
Add the dry fish after another 10 minutes , then stir gently after 5mins
Finally, add the pawpaw flakes , then cover and allow to simmer for 15 mins
Your pawpaw soup is ready and can now be served hot with either Pounded Yam , Semovita , Eba or Fufu.