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Banga Soup or Ofe Akwu is a soup from the south and south eastern part of Nigeria that has some how cut across almost all tribe and this is because it is a most enjoyable dish. The banga soup is usually made from palm extract which is gotten from palm fruits at a low temperature which contains less saturated fat.



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The banga soup is usually served with pounded yam, semolina, fufu, garri, wheat etc… According to the south easterners there is a difference between banga soup which is served with swallow and banga stew which is served with rice but we are focusing on a recipe that can serve both purposes.

Now rather than go through the long process of pounding the palm fruit there is now palm fruit extract in a can which makes it a lot more easier than finding palm fruits in the market. Here is YouTube Vlogger Nigeriacuisine taking us through the step by step tutorial of how to make the banga soup/stew and here’s what you’ll need;

  • Palm nut cream concentrate
  • Assorted meat (goat meat, cow foot, cow skin, shaki)
  • Dried Tilapia and red sniper (Fish)
  • Scented Leaves
  • Meat stock
  • Onions
  • Fresh bonnet scotch
  • Cray fish
  • Salt
  • Seasoning Cube

Watch the Video

Source YouTube Channel: Nigerian Cuisine 

Note: If you choose scented leaves then you can serve with white boiled rice but if you’d rather go for the bitter leave then you serve only as a soup with swallow. you can also put ogiri (iru), stock fish, periwinkles, its a thing of choice.

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