September 21, 2011

Banga Soup

Banga is one of the most delicious soups I have ever tasted. it has the savoriness of Gbegiri but it's in a class of it own. The soup is widely enjoyed all over Africa and it's called different things by different groups. (Banga by the Deltans/Benins, Obe eyin by the yorubas, Mbanga by the Cameroonians, amiedi by the urhobos and obey-ekpo itsekiris to name a few).  If you havent tried it yet, please do you will not regret it.

Ingredients
2 cups palm nut fruits (I used Ghana Fresh)
2 cups Assorted meat of choice (Precooked) (I used Shaki, Dried fish and Ponmo)
3 Tspns grounded crayfish
2 cubes Bouillon cube (Maggi or Knorr)
1 tspn salt ( to taste)
1/2 tspn locust beans (Iru) (optional)
1 tspn bitter leave (optional)

Direction HERE

45 comments:

stelzz said...

i love this dish. If i'm not mistaken though, igbos call it 'ofe akwu' and deltan's call it banga.

gretel said...

mmmm,I know how to cook this one,even though I don't add locust beans,the shaki and ponmo makes it da bomb

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

I haven't tried this. 'Sounds yummy!

Nollywood REinvented said...

This recipe makes me want to do two things. First of all it makes me want to dance and secondly it makes me want to go back to naija.

I hope you do ofada rice next o. Amen

Beautiful said...

This is my fave soup ever! i think the benins call it banga not igbos. Cos i'm benin.

bolanle said...

Please how does one get palm nut fruits here in Canada?

bolanle said...

What happens to the palm kernels?Do you leave it in the soup?Tou didn't mention anything about it.

9jaFOODie said...

@Stelzz: you are very right, I change my statement. lol. Thanks girl

@gretel: yeas missy

@Adura: you need to ooo... sooo yummy.

@NR: Hhahhah... i will I promiseee

@Beautiful: kk... I will change my statment

@Bolanle: your local African store should have it, I use the ghana freah brand.

9jaFOODie said...

@Bolanle: the Canned palm nut fruit doesn't come with kernels.

Luciano said...

I love banga soup......especilly with red garri. Now i really feel like going home :(

*Michael Onobote* said...

I used to think it was a calabar delicacy. I tasted it once at a Calabar restaurant and it really went well with Semo. Really nice soup. I agree with you 100%!

Freshly Fatshionable said...

yum! i looove banga soup and this looks just like the one my mother makes.

dat one okrika babe...xyz said...

i've not cooked banga with iru before going to have to try it and see if it changes the taste or what. lovely pics

Abi Tobi said...

ha! pls what's the local name for palm-nut fruits?? :$ ... i want to cook all these things lol

LohiO said...

Ohh I have not made banga since I made it last yr for my blog! yay! will do this weekend...:D

Myne Whitman said...

I make Banga regularly, actually one of my favorites, and I mentioned it in ALR too.

Your bitterleaf looks fresh, I have to make do with dried.

9jaFOODie said...

@Luciano: hummm... red garri!! ooo food is just awesome.
@Michael; it is a very popular dish I agree.

@FF: Thanks Girl!!

@dat one okrika babe: The iru definitely brings in a new dimension. lol... u should try it.

@Abi Tabi: hummm..local name? i think it's palm nut fruit, it's just cooked palm karnel nut (a step in making palm oil)

@Lohio: lol...the soup is just great ei.

@Ms Myne: lol I am sure dried will work as well.

mstizzle said...

Now this doesn't look so hard to make.

A-9ja-Great said...

When will you stop tormenting me?!

NikkiSho said...

kai i want!!! :( its been a long time i ate okele and soup :((

Natmane said...

I love banga soup. My people (Benin) love it with 'starch'. Hate how long it takes to make sometimes but it goes with everything ...rice,eba,fufu,yam,plantain...

Natmane said...

I love banga soup. My people (Benin) love it with 'starch'. Hate how long it takes to make sometimes but it goes with everything ...rice,eba,fufu,yam,plantain...

Toinlicious said...

oh my. looks yummy. pleasurable torment

Ginger said...

Hmm, I never knew ofe akwu and banga where the same. I thought it was a strictly Warri dish. You learn every day. I have eaten it twice the warri way - with starch, dont like it as much as with rice..yummy.

Chic Therapy said...

never tasted banga before

Jemima said...

One of mt favorite soups, my Togolese mother in law taught me, great blog by the way:)

MsJB said...

Looks deli deli :)
Btw can I make a little suggestion? I think you have a lot of names and it can be a little confusing sometimes. I always find it hard to remember your url. When it's not via my blogroll, it's not so easy to come here. Maybe you can keep everything as 'modern African cuisine', it'll be a lot easier to remember.
I hope you don't mind that I'm telling you tho, it's just a suggestion :)

9jaFOODie said...

@MsTizzle: not at all.
@9ja-great; lol..it's never my intent
@Nikkisho: haaa...y noww... u have to make some soup babe.
@Natmane: it definitely goes with everythingggggg.
@toinlicious: lol
@Ginger: yes it's thesame .....hoooo... if I enjoy it just as great with rice
@Chic: you have to make some babes, it is to die for
@Jemima: Thank you :D... the soup is indeed awesome

@MsJB: thanks. I get your concern, for feature references please use 9jafoodie.com. That is going to be the permanent domain URL. the site itself will remain Modern African Cuisine.

Coy~Introvert said...

omase oh, they just sent you to blogsville to torment us. Abasi mbok. Very nice looking beautiful food, lol. I wish I could have some oh, your sister don tire to eat rice.

MsJB said...

It'll make a whole lot of sense since your profile name is the same too.
Glad you're open to new ideas :)

dosh said...

My Lord, i've had this soup just once but i will never forget the experience. My taste buds had never and have still not been there. I'm not even exaggerating. My cousin took me to one of those lungus in Abuja, that people discover and refuse to tell others just so it doesn't get crowded and lose value. Really delicious.

I'm sorry i didn't read the recipe cos i know there's no way i'll be making that, i wouldn't want to destroy my memory of the soup,lol.

Thanks for sharing yet again. God bless you

Missy Tee's said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmm

HOMEMADE ENTERTAINMENT said...

Dear 9ja foodie this tin ya doing his not good oh! waris dis na,aahan.In fact ehn, oya plix tell me u leave in naija,i want to come for lessons(m serious)and you can prepare me a special dish on my bday plix*now shining all my 32 teeth*

Rhapsody B. said...

Blessings my friend.
aahhhh...this looks delightfully delicious. What i find interesting is the name as in the last part that is "soup" in my country these are called stews. Soup is completelyu different and tend to be more water logged as in many of the same ingredients but with more water so there is a lot of drinking involved.

I have a friend from the Cameroons invited me to have some soup. She sent me off to the kitchen to serve myself. Upon arriving in the kitchen i looked at the pots on the stove in confusion. I was looking for soup but all i saw was a stew. So i said to her, "but there is no soup here." and she announces, "yes there is, its in the pot right there," she said coming into the kitchen and showing me, it is then the light bulb went off and i go oh..

I've discovered that many of us eat the same things, prepared similarily but we have different names for it.

as usual keep on cooking and girl, please the recipe book.....

Have a delightful day
Rhapsody
http://twitter.com/rhapsodyphoenix

Anonymous said...

Hey, love your dishes. i was wondering if it is possible to see d ingredients in their portions before they are mixed. thanks

9jaFOODie said...

@Coy: lol...it's sooo easy to make!!!!

@MsJB: thanks dear, your inputs are always welcome!

@Dosh:my love, the soup is fantabulous!!!!! it's not difficult to make at all...

@Missy tees: I am the humm is a good thing. lol

@Homemade Entertainment: my dear dear dearrr.. lol. I am not currently in 9ja but I should be soon, i promise you will be the first to know. lol.... Hennn.. I will make you a bday meal in exchange for a feature on ur lovely blog! deal???? lol lol

@Rhasphody B: you are very right, the soup/ stew mixup is very common. lol.. we call them soups.

@Anon: are you talking about the meat proportions??

kitkat said...

i've never had this soup! doesnt seem so har to prepare though :)

Koinonia said...

I love, love, love Banga. The first time I had it was in '06 at a friends house and there's been no going back since:)

Nollywood Forever said...

WOW I LOOOVE THIS BLOG... GREAT PICTURES TOO. I am going to be visiting all the time. I am always having trouble finding good naija food recipes online. Do you take requests? LOL

HOMEMADE ENTERTAINMENT said...

haha my dear u don get am, for food,i can do thins oh. No p @ all.

9jaFOODie said...

@Kitkat: It's not!
@Koinonia: The soup is amazing!!
@Nollywood forever: Yes yes yes.. I love recipe requests. Thanks a million for the great comment.
@Homemade : we have a deal :D. LOL.

The Relentless Builder said...

One of my favorite soups to eat, especially with pounded yam. Yum!

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Tega said...

Kai I saw the first picture and my heart was done for....*wail*

I grew up making this A LOT...I'm so iffy about canned goods tasting the same is why I hold myself back from alternatives...and besides if I pound on my neighbours head here they might call the police...lol

Thank you for this post...this soup is soooo hmmmmmmmm....there are no words!

P.S My ma taught me to make them adding periwinkles(without shells)...dried fish and the like...oh how I miss home...*dreamy sigh*

9jaFOODie said...

@Relentless Builder: awww... thanks a million for the award.

@Tega; lol...the canned oil tastes great, check the production date before buying though. ... oooo the luxury of periwinkle!!!

thecla said...

yummy yummy in my tummy.i will share my version of banga with you real soon