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Egusi Soup

3/4 c egusi seeds
1 1/2 lb beef tenderloin
3/4 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 c peanut oil
2 lg tomatoes,chopped
1 sm onion,peeled and chopped
1 chilies (or jalapeno peppers) (1-2),seeded and chopped
1 cn tomato sauce (8 oz.)
1/2 c water
2 lb any combination of crab shrimp fish
1 lb fresh spinach,cleaned and finely chopped-
OR 10 oz frozen,Chopped spinach,thawed

1. Place egusi seeds in a blender and blend for 30 to 40 seconds or until mixture is a powdery paste. Set aside.
2. Wash beef and cut into bite-size cubes. Season with salt and black pepper.
3. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add beef and saute for 3 to 5 minutes or until brown but not cooked through.
4. Place tomatoes, onions, and peppers in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
5. Add tomato mixture to meat, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender.
6. Add tomato sauce, 1-1/2 cups water, crab, shrimp, and smoked fish and simmer for 10 minutes.
7. Add spinach and ground egusi seeds and continue to simmer for 10 minutes more. Serve with fufu.

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