Banga soup is a staple among the peoples of the south east and south south parts of Nigeria. The ethnic groups you will find in this geographical location include Igbo, Efik, Ibibio, Urhobo and Bini. The Igbo call the soup ‘ofe akwu’ while it is called ‘banga soup’ among the Efik and Ibibio. There are different flavours to this soup and the recipe described here will make a pot of soup.
- Palm oil juice from 1 derica of palm nuts (banga or akwu)
- Meat (beef or goat meet parboiled with thyme, onions and salt)
- 3 pieces of dried catfish (tear to pieces, wash by soaking in hot water for 5 minutes, and picking the fish out of the water)
- Ground dried pepper (4 teaspoonfuls)
- Diced onions
- Ground crayfish (4 teaspoonfuls)
- Salt to taste
- Sliced vegetables (okazi and uziza)
The timing in the method described here assumes you are using gas cooker on standard burn. Adjust appropriately if you are using a slower burner like kerosene stove. Boil the palm nuts and hand-wash to squeeze out oil juice using about 3 liters of water. Use a pot big enough that the 3 litres is not more than half-full in the pot.
- 00:00 minutes (mins): Pour the 3 litres of oil palm juice in a pot, put on your gas cooker and light the cooker.
- 00:08 mins: Pour in your parboiled meat and stock. Stir.
- 00:17 mins: Add your dried catfish. Add ground dried pepper. Stir.
- 00:24 mins: Add crayfish, onions and salt. Stir.
- 00:28 mins: Add vegetables. Stir.
- 00:30 mins: Stir and put out the fire.
- Soup is ready.
You can eat the soup with your choice swallow. Common swallows that go with banga soup are fufu, pounded yam, eba, white amala, semovita, wheat meal. Banga soup can also be eating as sauce for white rice.
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