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Last Updated 25/11/2020

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How To Make Banga Soup

Here's how to make Banga soup:

Banga Soup Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is the original way of making Banga Soup from the Niger-Delta part of Nigeria.

4.7 Star Rating

Banga Soup Recipe

Category:
Main

Method:
Cooked

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
8 people

Prep Time
30 Min

Total Time
1 Hour

Ingredients:
  • 10 cups of fresh palm fruits OR 400g of palm fruit cream
  • 1kg of Assorted meat
  • ½ cup of ground crayfish
  • 3 packets of Banga spice (OR 1 teaspoon each of Ataiko and Irugege.)
  • 1 medium sized dry/smoked fish
  • ½ cup of dried, crushed Beletientien leaves
  • 1 Oburunbebe stick
  • 500g or 1 cup of either fresh shrimps or prawns (you can add more seafood according to preference)
  • 1 cup of shelled periwinkle
  • 2-6 red scotch bonnet (Ata-rodo) peppers
  • Half of a small onion, minced or diced
  • Salt to taste
  • Seasoning cube(s), according to taste
  • Water
Directions: 
  1. 1
    Blend your pepper and set aside. Blend your Banga spices if sourced individually and set aside then soak dry/smoked fish in hot water to remove dirt and debone.
  2. 2
    To extract the palm cream if not using canned palm nut cream, wash your palm fruits then boil for about 20minutes or till it’s soft. Crush in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle. Transfer into a bowl then add water to extract the juice/cream.
    N.B: you want it thick, so don’t add a lot of water. 
  3. 3
    In a pot, add your assorted meat, season with your minced/diced onions, seasoning cubes and salt. Add water enough to the level of the meats and allow to cook till it’s tender and easy to chew. You can also precook your washed prawns/shrimps with salt and seasoning cube.
  4. 4
    With a sieve, strain the palm cream extract into the pot containing your assorted meat and allow to cook for about 15-20mins.
  5. 5
    After 20 minutes, add your ground crayfish, blended Banga spice or packets, blended Ata-rodo pepper, dried fish and Oburunbebe stick. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes.
    N.B: You can add a little water if it’s too thick for you. Taste for salt and adjust if necessary.
  6. 6
    Add your pre cooked prawns/shrimps, Beletientien leaves and periwinkles, stir to combine and allow to simmer for about 3minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  7. 7
    Take off heat. Serve with Starch, Fufu or Eba. Enjoy!
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Notes: 
  • Irugege is also known as rigije, rohoji, or rogojie.
  • Alternatively, dried bitter leaves (onugbu) can be used in place of Beletientien leaves
  • Traditionally, Banga soup is made with “Fresh fish”
  • Banga spice is an equal part mixture of Ataiko and Irugege. See picture below of of banga spices  
Banga Spices
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Looking for Banga soup recipe? Then you're in the correct place because this recipe post would walk you through, step by step, how to make the original Banga soup recipe.Let's proceed with immediate effect...

Type: Soup

Cuisine: Nigerian

Recipe Yield: 8 servings

Preparation Time: PT30M

Cooking Time: PT30M

Total Time: PT1H

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Palm Fruits
  • Ataiko
  • Irugege
  • Oburunbebe stick
  • Oburunbebe stick
  • Onion
  • Crayfish
  • Dry Fish
  • Periwinkle
  • Assorted Meat
  • Prawns
  • Peppers
  • Salt
  • Seasoning cube

Editor's Rating:
4.7

Where’s the origin of Banga soup?

Banga soup originates from the Urhobo and Isoko speaking parts of Nigeria

Where can I source for the spices used in making Banga soup?

You can buy Banga spices in local markets, mostly from people selling zobo leaves. Alternatively, you can purchase already packaged Banga spices at superstores.

How do you extract palm fruit for Banga soup?

Wash your palm fruits and put in a pot. Boil washed palm fruits for 20 minutes or until soft. Crush boiled palm fruits in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle. Transfer crushed palm fruits into a bowl and add water to extract the juice/cream.

Why is my Banga sou watery?

Banga soup becomes too watery when too much water is added during the palm fruit extraction process. Ensure your palm fruit extract is thick, with the consistency of a cream or paste.

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