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Prawn Nsala Soup Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 500g of fresh prawns, peeled and deveined
- 2 cups of chicken stock
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of crayfish
- 2 tablespoons of ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons of ground uziza seeds
- 2 tablespoons of ground utazi leaves
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon of ginger, grated
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons of palm oil

Special equipment needed:
- Mortar and pestle
- Blender

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a mortar, grind the crayfish and set aside.
2. In a blender, blend the onion, garlic, and ginger until smooth.
3. In a pot, heat the palm oil and sauté the blended onion, garlic, and ginger for 2 minutes.
4. Add the chicken stock and water to the pot and bring to a boil.
5. Add the ground crayfish, ground pepper, and salt to taste.
6. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
7. Add the prawns to the pot and let it cook for 5 minutes.
8. Add the ground uziza seeds and utazi leaves to the pot and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
9. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Medium heat
Serving size:
4 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 200kcal
Protein: 25g
Fat: 7g
Carbohydrates: 10g
Sodium: 500mg

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Chicken stock can be substituted with vegetable stock or fish stock.
- Palm oil can be substituted with vegetable oil or olive oil.
- Uziza seeds can be substituted with black pepper.

- Instead of prawns, you can use fish or chicken.
- You can add vegetables such as spinach or kale to the soup.

Tips and tricks:
- To make the soup spicier, add more ground pepper.
- To make the soup thicker, add more crayfish.
- To make the soup thinner, add more water.

Storage instructions:
- Store the leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat the soup in a pot over medium heat until it is hot.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the soup in a bowl with a garnish of fresh herbs.

- Fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro.

- Serve the soup with white rice or yam.

Suggested side dishes:
- Fried plantains or roasted sweet potatoes.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the soup is too spicy, add more chicken stock or water to dilute the spiciness.
- If the soup is too thin, add more crayfish to thicken it.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure the prawns are fresh and properly cleaned before cooking.

Food history:
- Nsala soup is a traditional soup from the Igbo tribe in Nigeria.

Flavor profiles:
- The soup has a spicy and savory flavor with a hint of bitterness from the utazi leaves.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the soup as a main dish for lunch or dinner.

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Taste: Spicy, Tangy, Savory, Aromatic