Vegetable: Scent leaves or dried and crushed bitter leaf
2 medium Inions
2 Table spoon of grounded Crayfish
Salt and chilli pepper
Ogiri Okpei (iru)
1-2 Big Stock Cubes
DIRECTIONS FOR BANGA STEW OR OFE AKWU
Preparation Directions for Banga stew or Ofe akwu
Extract the palm fruit concentrate from the palm fruits.
Cook the beef and the dry fish with one bulb of diced Onion and the stock cubes till done.
Wash and cut the scent leaves into tiny pieces. The scent leaves gives the Banga stew (Ofe Akwu) its unique Aroma and taste.
If you are outside Nigeria, this may be hard to find, so you can use pumpkin leaves or any other vegetable to replace the Scent leaves.
Cut the remaining bulb of onions and pound the crayfish, Ogiri okpei and pepper in a mortar and set aside.
Note: You can also grind them with a dry mill
Cooking directions for Banga stew or Ofe akwu
Set the pot of Palm fruit extract on fire and start cooking at high heat.
Leave to boil till you notice some red oil at the surface of the Banga stew.
If you think that the Banga stew is watery cook till the stew has thickened to your preferred level.
Now Add the Beef, Dry fish, Stock , Onion, Crayfish, and Pepper then leave to boil very well.
Add the Scent leaves and other vegetable and salt to taste. Leave to cook for about 2 Mins.
The Banga stew is done, serve with White Rice, or use the Banga stew to eat Starch, Garri, Semolina, Amala or pounded Yam.
SUMMARY ON BANGA STEW OR OFE AKWU PREPARATION
The Palm fruit Oil Extract used in cooking Banga soup or Stew is quite different from the palm oil used in cooking Nigerian food recipes. Palm oil is pure oil extracted from the palm fruit pulp at high temperature, while the palm fruit oil extract used for Banga soup/ Stew is extracted at a very low temperature and is a mixture of oil and water. Palm fruit oil extracted for Banga soup or Stew contains less saturated fat than palm oils.
Now you got yourself a wonderful Recipe.
Frequently Asked Question and Answers
Is Ofe Akwu the same as Banga?
It is known as Nigerian Banga soup in the Niger Delta and commonly eaten with various fufu recipes: starch, pounded yam, semolina, garri, and cassava fufu. In the South-Eastern parts of Nigeria, banga soup is referred to as Ofe Akwu; Ofe means soup/stew and akwu means palm fruit.
Is Ofe Akwu or Banga stew good for the body?
The core ingredient of Ofe Akwu is palm fruit juice. Because of the less saturated fat, Banga extract is desirable for those struggling with high blood pressure. After extracting the juice, Banga is cooked with other ingredients such as fish or assorted meat and spiced up with traditional flavors.
What is Ofe Akwu or Banga soup made of?
Ofe Akwu is made from palm fruits Concentrate which is a combination of palm oil and palm fruit cream. Making this soup with only palm oil won’t yield the same result. It would be like eating just oil. The cream helps to thicken the soup as well.
What is the origin of Ofe Akwu or Banga soup?
This is a traditional recipe originated from the eastern part of Nigeria, Anambra state to be precise. Ofe Akwu in English is Palm nut soup. Ofe akwu recipe is never missed in any event organized in Anambra State. This is a very delicious and appetizing recipe you would always want to make.
What is Banga soup or ofe akwu called in Yoruba?
Banga soup is made by extracting the juice from the seeds of raw palm kernel fruit. The seeds are cooked till they are tender and then pounded thoroughly until the juice is extracted and cooked. The Efik/Ibibios call it Abak Atama; the Yorubas call theirs Obe Eyin Ikpogiri.
Does Ofe Akwu or Banga soup contain cholesterol?
Banga stew AKA Ofe Akwu is a popular sumptuous food amongst people of the southern part of Nigeria. It contains 99.1%of fat because it is basically red oil. In as much as it has nutritional value like Vitamin A. The cholesterol level is very high and too high for your heart and body.
Is Banga high in cholesterol?
Does Banga Soup Contain Cholesterol? Banga soup contains zero amount of cholesterol. So you don’t have to be worried about fat deposits in your blood vessels.
What does Banga stew or Ofe akwu do to the body?
Banga soup also called Ofe akwu in igbo helps to prevent cancerous cell growth in the body. It has high antioxidant properties that help to fight cancer of the breast, skin due to the Vitamin E it supplies to the body. Palm nut fruit contains palm oil, which is rich in vitamins.
What is the effect of Banga stew or Ofe akwu?
According to different studies, consumption of Banga soup also called Ofe akwu which contains magnesium with a combination vitamin B6, has been shown to help reduce the effect of premenstrual syndrome. This means a bowl of Banga soup also called Ofe akwu can help reduce pms symptoms such as insomnia, weight gain, bloating, leg swelling and breast tenderness.
Which tribe owns Banga soup?
the Urhobo people. Amiedi, also known as banga soup, is a soup eaten by the Urhobo people of Southern Nigeria. It is made by extracting the liquid of palm kernels. Thereafter, other ingredients like crayfish, meat, fish, pepper and cow tripe are added. It is eaten with eba or usi (starch).
What is the English name for Banga?
Banga is also popularly known as Palm nut soup, and it’s not only popular in Nigeria, but it’s also a delicacy in Ghana and Cameroon. In Ghana, palm nut soup is called abenkwan. In Cameroon, it’s known as Mbanga.