How to Enjoy Ugu’s Independence

Pumpkin Sauce + Fried Mackerel & Plantain

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Who says Ugu can’t stand alone? Trust me. You’ll change your mind after trying this recipe and combo. Ugu is one unique leaf with unique nutrients. So, it’s not every time Ugu (pumpkin leaf) requires the support of egusi (melon). Sometimes, you just need to give ugu the chance to stand alone as a soup.

The recipe below happened like magic. I had bought ugu in the market hoping to make egusi soup with it. However, I got home and found out that my egusi has spoiled. I was unhappy but more concerned about the fact that the ugu I bought would waste.

In the bid to prevent my ugu from wasting, this short recipe came up and trust me, I enjoyed it. Contrary to some people’s belief that ugu is not good for soups, the ugu soup turned out so tasty and I decided to balance it with some extra protein like fish and plantain. I hope you enjoy cooking with this recipe too.


  • 100g Pumpkin Leaf
  • 1 Cup Pomo
  • 1/2 Cup Crayfish
  • 5 Balls Tomato
  • 4 Red Bell Pepper
  • 3 Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 1 Ball Onions
  • 1/4 Cup Palm Oil
  • Fried plantain
  • Fried Mackerel
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 and half stock cubes


  • Add palm oil in hot pot or frying pan.
  • Add sliced onions. Stir until soft.
  • Add grinded tomatoes and pepper. Leave for 2 minutes then stir.
  • Add pomo.
  • Add seasoning and salt
  • Add crayfish and stir for 3 minutes until fish and pomo absorbs content.
  • Add pumpkin leaf.
  • Stir for 1 minute
  • Serve with fried plantain and fried mackerel.

So, the next time you buy ugu in the market, don’t wait till the leaves start shouting “Don’t cook me with egusi” before you try the recipe out.



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