Banga Soup

Finger licking goodness, a delicacy of the Deltans of the South – South of Nigeria. Made from creamy palm nut extract and brought to life by mix of exotic spices, and fresh water fish banga  soup is one King of a soup.

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One of my aunts had a Nanny, Mama Onome who would make a big batch of banga  soup and store in the fridge for us to eat. The woman made it look so easy to make, my first time making it especially since I was make the palm nut extract myself I realised how much work it was. You don’t have to make the palm nut extract, buy the canned ones. The rest is a breeze. See how good it looks, It tastes great too

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Recipe

Ingredients

•   3 Cups Palm Nuts

•   1.5 kg  Fresh Fish e.g Tilapia or Croaker (I used frozen Cod fish).

•   1 Oburunbebe Stick

•    I tbsp Scotch Bonnet  (less or more depending on how much heat you can take)

•    1 tsp Banga Spice (this a mixture of the exotic spices that make banga soup what it is, I won’t even attempt to spell the spices cause I would get it wrong)

•    Smoked Prawns

•    1 Cup properly washed and cleaned periwinkle in shell

•    Smoked Catfish

•    *Fresh Prawns (optional)

•    Stock Fish

•    1 tbsp dried crushed Bitterleaf  or Obeletientien   Leaves.

•    Salt and Bouillon Cubes to taste

Procedure

To make Palm nut extract.

▪Boil Palm nuts till the skin is tender and pliable.

▪In a mortar pound till the skin falls off from the kernel.

▪Add about 3 cups of  warm water and rinse the pulp, using a mesh seive,  strain the liquid and collect in a pot.

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To make Soup

–    Place Palm nut extract on heat , add the oburunbebe stick and allow it to heat up.

–    Add Blended pepper, stock fish, smoked fish, smoked prawns, banga spice, salt and seasoning. Bring it to boil.

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–    Add  Fresh fish and let it cook till done. Don’t use a spoon to stir the pot just shake it. Turn the heat down. Add washed periwinkles, fresh prawns if you are using any. Then add the crushed dried leaves, I used Obeletientien

* I learnt a tip when Dunni was in my kitchen not to over cook Banga after all the spices have been added as it tends to taste over salted.

•   You know your soup is ready when some oil starts to float at the top.

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Delicious like kilode!

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Starch and Banga Soup. Totally delish!

 

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