NIGERIAN CUSINE SOUP BANGA

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Nigerian banga soup is a quick and delicious Niger-Delta style palm nut soup. It is very easy to make and packed full of flavour from the herbs and spices used in making it.

You can have this soup from your kitchen to the table in 30 minutes, it is very similar to Ofe Akwu recipe (Ibo style) but they use different spices. Banga soup is popularly eaten with starch but I love mine with pounded yam or Eba.Banga soup recipe is now very easy to cook thanks to ready-made canned palm nut fruit. Getting banga spice can be difficult if you are living outside Nigeria but my friend, Karo said you can make it without the spice, and you can add a little ‘something’. The little something is a good quality pepper soup spice like My active kitchen pepper soup spice

BANGA SOUP (NIGER-DELTA WAY)
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Nigerian banga soup is a quick and delicious Niger-Delta style palm nut soup. It is very easy to make and packed full of flavor from the herbs and spices used in making it.

You can have this soup from your kitchen to the table in 30 minutes, it is very similar to Ofe Akwu recipe (Ibo style) but they use different spices. Banga soup is popularly eaten with starch but I love mine with pounded yam or Eba.

Nigeria Niger-delta Banga soup.
The first time I ever tasted Banga soup was with my dad in Lagos. We were at this restaurant and he ordered Banga soup. I started interrogating him immediately, what is Banga soup? What is it made of etc? My dad just told me, ‘IYA’, calm down, you will see it when they serve us! When they served him his soup, it was in a clay pot.

You needed to see the look on my face that day. What!!! My dad was so excited eating his food and he urged me to try it. I’m not going to lie now, I didn’t really understand the soup at all at the time and that did put me off it somehow.

Fast forward some few years later and thanks to the blog, I found myself cooking Banga soup like a pro. The experience was second to none, I was full of joy and happiness. Most importantly, my taste buds thanked me for it.

It was an absolute delight. I can confidently tell you I am now an expert when it comes to making this delicious Nigerian soup.

Banga soup cooked with fresh fish, shrimps and periwinkle, it is served with Nigerian eba.
Banga soup recipe is now very easy to cook thanks to ready-made canned palm nut fruit. Getting banga spice can be difficult if you are living outside Nigeria but my friend, Karo said you can make it without the spice, and you can add a little ‘something’. The little something is a good quality pepper soup spice like My active kitchen pepper soup spice

This soup is widely appreciated and eaten all over Africa, for example in Ghana, they cook their palm nut soup differently from other African countries and the same goes for the Nigerian version. Follow me as I show you how to make the best Niger Delta Banga soup recipe ever.

banga soup.
INGREDIENTS
These are what you will need to make this recipe, while this list looks exhaustive, I can assure you that it would be worth it in the end.

Canned palm nut fruit concentrate: substitute it for fresh palm fruit if it is available to you

Banga spice (you can buy a ready mix or simply make your own by blending Ataiko and Irugeje in a dry mill)

Beletete leaves: substitute with dried basil, bitter leaf or dried scent leaves

Oburunbebe stick: You can be forgiven if you can’t source this from outside Nigeria

Fresh catfish steaks, washed, gutted, any other fresh fish would work for this recipe too

Assorted beef: In Nigerian context, assorted beef is referred to as meat offal, eg. Tripe (shaki), lungs, liver, cow leg etc

Fresh Shrimps

Ground crayfish: substitute with dried shrimps

scotch bonnet chilli: While yellow scotch bonnet is recommended, I just used anyone available to me.

Dried cod (panla): substitute with smoked fish

Periwinkle (optional)

Seasoning cubes and beef stock

Salt

Water

Onion

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