Banga Soup

Banga Soup

Banga soup is popular in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, especially in Delta state. The soup is made with palm-nut, and the method of preparation varies from tribe to tribe. Banga Soup goes well with any swallow, but we are going to enjoy this soup with Goldenvita. Here’s how Banga soup is prepared:

Ingredients

1.5 litres Palm-nut extract
1 medium-size Fresh Catfish or any Fresh Fish of your choice
200 grams Assorted Meat
2-3 medium pieces Stockfish (panla, okporoko)
1-2 medium Dried Fish
1/2 Cup Fresh or Smoked Shrimps (optional)
1 tablespoon Ground Dried Crayfish or Prawns ( Prawns preferably)
1-2 tablespoons Banga Spice
1-2 tablespoons Crushed Obeletientien Leaves or Dried Bitter Leaves
1 Oburunbebe Stick
1 medium Onion chopped
2 tablespoons Dried Pepper (Atagungun)
1/2 Cup Cup Periwinkles (optional)
2 Seasoning Cubes
1 teaspoon Salt

Directions

  1. Wash fresh catfish with salt to remove the slime. Alternatively, you can freeze it for a day, leave to thaw, and just rinse with water.
  2. Wash and boil the meat with some salt, seasoning and onions. Cook till tender.
  3. When the meat is tender, add the dried fish.
  4. Add the palm nut extract. Let it boil for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Then add the banga Spice, Oburunbebe stick, ground crayfish or prawns, dried pepper, seasoning cube, and salt to taste. Taste for salt and add if needed.
  6. Add the fresh Catfish or your preferred fresh fish, fresh shrimps, and periwinkles. Reduce the heat, allow to cook for 7-10 minutes, at this time, palm oil would have settled on the top. Remove some of the palm oil if you find it too oily.
  7. Blend your bitter leaves or obeletientien. Add the obeletientien or bitter leaves, stir and combine. Cook for 2 minutes, and turn off the heat.
  8. Remove the Oburunbebe stick.

Enjoy your Banga soup with Golden Penny Goldenvita.

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