Banga Soup is a Nigerian soup that is native to the
Southern parts of Nigeria.
It is very similar to the Igbo’s Ofe Akwu, but the
additional spices used for preparing Banga Soup,
makes it differ in taste and aroma.
Banga soup is known by several names; it is called izuwo amedi in Urhobo language and izuwo edi in
Here’s the recipe.. Enjoy!
Banga Soup Ingredients:
*400g of canned Palm fruit pulp/ 500g Palm Fruits
*500g of cooked assorted Meat
*1/2 cup of cooked dried fish
*1/2 cup of cooked stock fish (optional)
*150 ml of Beef stock
*150g fresh fish(optional)
*1 tablespoon of ground Banga Spice (Aidan fruit
*A handful of Banga spice leaves (called
Obeletientien)…use scent leaves or bitter leaf as an
* Oburunbebe stick (brown herbal stick used for
*1 small onion bulb, finely chopped
*1 tablespoonful ground crayfish
*1 stock cube
*Chili pepper or scotch bonnet( to taste)
*Salt to taste
Cooking Directions for Banga Soup
*If you are using fresh palm kernel fruit(nut),Boil for
30 minutes and check to be sure the skin is soft. Then
pound lightly in a mortar to extract the oil. Make sure
you don’t break the nuts,while pounding. Pour in some
hot water and strain the extract through a sieve.Put in
a pot and boil until it thickens and the oil rises to the
*For the canned palm nut pulp, pour into a pot and
heat until the oil begins to rise to the top.
*Add the meat stock or water, depending on the
consistency you want.The less stock you add, the
thicker the soup would be. Leave to boil for 10
*Now, add the chopped onions, assorted meat and
dried fish. Mix well and add the pepper, ground
crayfish , ground Banga spices and stock cube. Cover
and leave to cook for 8 minutes.
*Add the fresh fish and the oburunbebe stick , cover
and cook until the fish is done.
*Now, take out the oburunbebe stick, rinse and store
for another use.(You can leave the stick in the pot
and take it out when you are ready to transfer the
soup into a container)
*Add the Obeletientien leaves OR scent leaves OR
bitter leaf, simmer for 1minute and your Banga soup is
Banga Soup is usually served with Starch,but it also
goes well with Pounded Yam, Amala, Wheat Meal,
Tuwo Masara, Tuwo Shinkafa or Eba.
++Check out the Igbo-style Banga Stew/Soup (Ofe Akwu)
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