Banga Soup & Starch

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Prep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins

Ingredients

  • Any fresh fish of your choice
  • Goat meat
  • 2 tbsp ground crayfish
  • Dry fish
  • Stock fish
  • Palm fruits (banga)
  • 2 tbsp Beletientien
  • 2 pieces of rodo (scotch bonnet pepper)
  • 1 onion
  • Ground pepper
  • Oburunbebe stick
  • Ataiko seeds
  • Iruguje seeds
  • Iwo/Erhe spices
  • Salt to taste
  • Terra Seasoning Cubes 

Method

  • Prep: Boil the palm nuts till their soft, and pound till the seeds are separated from the shaft. Rinse severally to extract the oil. Blend the seeds and leaves together and keep aside
  • Cooking: Boil the meat and fish for a couple minutes and take out the stock. Keep aside
  • Bring the banga oil to a boil, and add in the blended leaves and spices. Put in the oburunbebe stick if you’re using that. Allow to thicken
  • When it begins to thicken, add the crayfish, cooked fish and meats, and the meat/fish stock. Cover and allow to simmer
  • When it begins to simmer, check for seasoning and add extra if you find need for it. Put in the crushed rodo, and allow to boil a little more. When the soup is as thick as you like it, bring off the heat!

Starch

Ingredients

Starch
Water
Palm Oil

Method

  • Put starch in a bowl and add water. You might want to make the solution watery, as it gives you more control over the starch when you start making it
  • Transfer the mixture into a pot and put on fire (low to medium heat). Splash a little palm oil into it, and begin to stir
  • Keep stirring, as even a second’s break can ruin the smoothness of the starch
  • Soon, lumps would begin to form. This is an indication to stir harder, and faster. The lumps need to come together
  • If it starts to get too hard, put in hot water and continue to stir it like you would with semo or poundo yam
  • You know it’s ready when it can lift easily away from the body of the pot
  • Serve with banga soup for the ultimate Southern Nigeria experience!

For that authentic BANGA taste and aroma, use Terra Seasoning Cubes. Get that aroma out!!! And keep the taste in!

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