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Watch: How to prepare Banga soup (Ofe Akwu)

Watch: How to prepare Banga soup (Ofe Akwu)

So today I’m going to be sharing how to make the famous “ofe akwu” of Nigeria. Ofe Akwu or Banga is a native soup that is primarily consumed in the eastern states (Igbo) of Nigeria and also parts of the Niger Delta. This is because these states have an abundance of Palm fruit which is the primary ingredient of the soup and is also named after it (“Akwu”= palm fruit) in igbo language.

Some people like their Banga with “starch”, others eat theirs with rice, but whatever you choose to eat the soup with, I think it’s important to get the soup correctly itself.

Here’s how you prepare your Banga soup below!

The ingredients (for 8 to 10 persons):

Akwu(palm fruit)

meat(assorted meat, fish, turkey, chicken, beef)

2 cups of crayfish

2 bulb of onions

saint leaf,

Ugu {fluted Pumpkin}(optional)

pepper and salt to taste.

And for better result, use Onga soup
(a seasoning) to spice up.

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Here is how to cook Nigerian stew (Banga soup), wash the assorted meat with hot water and parboil with salt,
curry,thyme, maggi(seasoning) and other meat ingredients.
cook for ten minutes, add water and cook till it is soft for consumption.

Boil the palm fruit(akwu) for twenty minutes, mash and extract the tick juice(by adding water and squeezing), filter and pour into a bowl. – You can always add dried fish (mangala) at this point – to the boiling meat on fire add the extracted (akwu) juice, add the ground crayfish, onions, pepper, maggi and cook for 10 to 15 minute… cook till the entire stew is a little bit tick(not too watery)

Add the saint leaf, stir and cook for a minute and add the vegetable(optional) then your stew is ready. 

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