My Banga Soup Story – NYSC Tales

Hey peeps, a beautiful Tuesday morning to you.

I’m here again with another of my NYSC stories, this one is about Banga soup (someone will be saying, this girl must like food o ?).

It is commonly said that when you live among people of other tribes, one of the things you’ll learn is their delicacy.

I am a typical Yoruba girl serving in the South -South region of Nigeria and one of their delicacies here is Banga soup, in short anything Banga; they have Banga rice, Banga beans and they may soon come up with Banga yam ?.

For those of you who don’t know, Banga soup is a soup made from palm fruit extract; it is different from palm oil ‘cos palm oil is gotten at a very high temperature while Banga soup is made at lower temperatures.

I first got to know about Banga soup when I stayed with a Deltan family in Lagos, but when I got to orientation camp, I came across a watery excuse for the soup. You see, they’ll serve us rice with one watery thing called Banga soup and if you hadn’t known about the soup before, you’ll develop an instant dislike for it.

Luckily for me, I have an aunt in the state where I am serving and when she prepares this soup, you’ll nod your head, lick your hands and smack your lips in happiness. (?? yeah, I love good food)

So recently, I decided to prepare Banga soup on my own. I have seen people cook it, but I hadn’t tried it before. I’ll give a detailed explanation of the process, especially for my readers that may want to try to cook it.

Things Needed :-
-Banga seeds (ripe palm fruits)

Ripe banga seeds (palm fruits)

– Fish, meat, or chicken (I used smoked catfish)
– Scent leaf (called effirin in Yoruba)
– Salt
– Onions
-Maggi, Banga spice (optional)
– Crayfish (I didn’t use this)

Steps Involved :-
The major work to be done is extracting the juice from the palm fruits (mhen, this can be tasking) .

Getting the Palm Fruit Extracts.
1. Rinse the banga seeds
2. Put in a pot and bring to acap

Boiling pot of palm fruits

3. Once the flesh of the fruit is soft enough, bring out the seeds, and pound till the flesh is separated from the capti

Pound, I say pound.

4. Once this is achieved, add clean water to the pounded flesh and mixcaptio

Mix it well.

5. Sieve out the juice into a clean pot and repeat 4.

Sieved out juice

If this is successfully done, then you’ve gotten your palm fruit extracts or Banga juice (I just formed this name o) .

Cooking the Soup.
Right now, you’ll have a pot of Banga juice with lots of water.
N.B : I’m assuming you’d have boiled your meat by now.

1. Set the pot on your cooking stove or gas and leave to boil.
N.B : this might take a while, just leave it till you notice that the soup has thickened considerably.
2. Throw in your fish, meat or chicken or…..
3. Add the grounded or finely diced onions, pepper, and all your spices and leave to cook
4. Add your scent leaf. This gives it a unique taste, but if you can’t get it, you can use bitter leaf or pumpkin leaves.

Viola, your soup is ready. You can use the soup to eat rice, garri (eba ), semo, etc.

Rice, plantain and banga soup *winks*

My soup came out nice and I’ve eaten it with rice and garri too. And yeah, it is DELI—–CCCIOOOUUUSSSS. *winks*

Ngwanu, my people from the South -South and the East too, how did I do? I got it right, yeah?

My people from the SouthWest and the North, oya, go and try out this delicacy and lemme know what you think.

I don’t want to see beefing in the comment section o, only praise for my beautiful delicacy. Thenkiu ????

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