Today, I will be showing you guys how to make Banga soup. This soup is a very popular among the Delta state people (south-south region) of Nigeria especially among the Urhobo and Isoko people .It is majorly called banga soup but it is also known as Oghwo amiedi in Urhobo language and Izuwo ibiedi in Isoko.
Though this soup belongs to the south-south region, it has however travelled to other shores of the riverine areas.
Banga soup is mainly made with palm fruits, aidan fruit, banga leaves which is called Obenetietien (it can be substituted with scent leaves and bitter leaves), irugege and oburunbebe spices, chopped onions, scotch bonnet, ground crayfish etc.
The people of Urhobo and Isoko prefer to make this soup with fresh fish, maybe because they are surrounded by rivers. Banga soup is best served with starch by the Niger Delta people, but it can also be eaten with semo, eba, fufu, wheat etc.
It can also be eaten with cocoyam (taro) pudding called kwacoco. This soup is sometimes mistaken for ofe-akwu. Though, ofe-ukwu is prepared it share some similarities with banga soup even though It is often mistaken for ofe-akwu though they have distinct differences.
Aside from the wonderful taste you get from eating banga soup, it also has nutritional benefits that will give you good reason to keep taking banga.
Health Benefits of Banga Soup
- The presence of palm oil in banga soup makes the soup rich in vitamin K. Vitamin K plays an important part in the clotting of blood, It also prevents heart disease and it also helps in building strong bones.
- You will also find vitamin K in the palm kernel juice; but in this case it contains an antioxidant which prevents cancer.
- The properties of Vitamin K prevent the Alzheimer’s disease and also improves insulin sensitivity
- The magnesium properties in palm kernel oil play a very important role in over 350 enzymes reactions in the body. It also helps in the metabolism of food and the production of proteins and fatty acids.
- After consuming a plate of banga soup the body the body generally relaxed; this is due to the presence of magnesium which is Magnesium is tangled in neuromuscular transmission and all activities of muscle relaxation.
- Intake of banga soup by the elderly which is made with palm kernel juice helps them to prevent diabetes, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart diseases (abnormal rhythm of the heart, heart failure) and osteoporosis.
- Based on research carried out, when you consume soups like banga which contain palm kernel juice helps to prevent syndrome symptoms such as bloating, insomnia, weight, breast tenderness and leg swelling etc. This is all due to presence of vitamin B6 and magnesium.
- Palm kernel juice contains Vitamins A which is very important for an healthy vision and it can slow down the function of the retinal in people who have retinitis pigments.
- Vitamin A also ensures the bone has healthy growth, the reproduction state of health and the immune systems. It helps the skin and mucous membranes resist bacteria and also viruses more effectively.
- Banga soup also contains vitamin E which is a very powerful oxidant that helps to protect the body against cancer, it also gives the skin a fresh look and helps to lower the cholesterol level in the body, hence protecting the heart against diseases.
How to prepare Banga Soup
- 1000g of Palm kernel extract
- 600g of cooked assorted Meat
- 1/2 cup of cooked dried fish(Preferably catfish)
- 1/2 cup of cooked stock fish (optional)
- 150 ml of Beef stock
- 150g fresh fish(optional)
- 1 tablespoon of ground Banga Spice (Aidan fruit+Rohojie)
- A handful of Banga spice leaves (called Obeletientien)…use scent leaves or bitter leaf as an alternative
- Oburunbebe stick (brown herbal stick used for Banga soup)
- 1 small onion bulb, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoonful ground crayfish
- 1 stock cube
- Chili pepper or scotch bonnet( to taste)
- Salt to taste
If you are using fresh palm kernel fruit(nut),Boil for 30 minutes and check to be sure the skin is soft. Then pound lightly in a mortar to extract the oil. Make sure you don’t break the nuts,while pounding. Pour in some hot water and strain the extract through a sieve.Put in a pot and boil until it thickens and the oil rises to the top.
For the canned palm nut pulp, pour into a pot and heat until the oil begins to rise to the top.
Add the meat stock or water, depending on the consistency you want.The less stock you add, the thicker the soup would be. Leave to boil for 10 minutes.
Now, add the chopped onions, assorted meat and dried fish. Mix well and add the pepper, ground crayfish , ground Banga spices and stock cube. Cover and leave to cook for 8 minutes.
Add the fresh fish and the oburunbebe stick , cover and cook until the fish is done.
Now, take out the oburunbebe stick, rinse and store for another use.(You can leave the stick in the pot and take it out when you are ready to transfer the soup into a container)
Add the Obeletientien leaves OR scent leaves OR bitter leaf, simmer for 1minute and your Banga soup is ready. ENJOY..
Banga Soup is usually served with Starch,but it also goes well with Pounded Yam, Amala, Tuwo Masara,Wheat Meal, Tuwo Shinkafa or Eba.
How to cook Banga soup Video
We hope you enjoyed our preparation methods on how to cook banga soup, I will be expecting you guys feedback in the comment section, you can as well read my previous article on how to make banga rice.