How To Make Palm Kernel (Banga) Soup | FOODSTANTLY

Banga soup is a traditional Nigerian dish made from palm fruits. It usually prepared by the Igbo and Deltan tribes of Nigeria and eaten differently. Although the Igbo make their’s into the stew for eating rice and yams, the Deltans which consists of the Ijaws, Itsekiris, Urhobos, Isokos and the likes all make theirs into tasty soups which are best served with starch, fufu or garri. Either way, this soup is super tasty and nutritious, and I can’t wait to teach you how I make mine.

Here is how I make mine…







  • 1 kg Palm Fruits

  • Beef

  • Dry Fish

  • Vegetable: Scent Leaves for Ofe Akwu or Dried & Crushed bitter leaves for Delta-style Banga Soup

  • Onions

  • Crayfish (You can choose to use it blended as you desire)

  • Pepper (to taste)

  • Ogiri Okpei (Iru)

  • Knorr Chicken

  • Salt to taste



  • Extract the palm fruit concentrate from the palm fruits. If using the tinned palm fruit concentrate, open the tin and set aside.

  • Cook the beef and the dry fish with diced onions and Knorr cubes till done.

  • Wash and cut the scent leaves into tiny pieces. The scent leaves give the Banga Soup (Ofe Akwu) its unique aroma and taste. If cooking Delta-style Banga Soup for starch, you should either cook this soup without vegetables or use dried and crushed bitter leaves.

  • Cut some onion & set aside, Pound the crayfish, ogiri okpei, and pepper in a mortar and set aside. You can also grind them with a dry mill as you desire.

  • Set the pot of palm fruit extract on the stove and start cooking at high heat. Leave to boil till you notice some red oil at the surface of the Banga Soup.

  • If your Banga Soup looks watery, cook till the soup has thickened to the consistency you like for your soup.

  • Add the beef, dry fish and stock from the meat, onions, crayfish, and pepper and leave to boil very well.Add the scent leaves or any other vegetable, pepper, and salt to taste.

  • Leave to simmer for about 2 mins. The Banga Soup is done and ready to be served.


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