Delta banga soup is best served with starch or eba.
This is unlike the other banga stew that is native to the Igbos and popularly served with white boiled rice or yam.

This Banga soup is one of many delta state soups in Nigeria. While it is indigenous to the Deltas, it is also loved and enjoyed by both People from Edo state and all over the Niger Delta states. If you are looking to make the Igbo version please click – Igbo Banga Stew.

This is not banga stew but they are both made with similar ingredients. Banga stew is native to the Igbos and usually served with boiled white rice. While banga soup (as in this case) goes with starch, eba or fufu.
Banga Soup

The two are prepared the exact same way; the difference is just the spices. This recipe will, in the next few minutes shows you exactly how to make banga soup like an Itsekiri woman.

You can use any combination of meat for this soup or just use plain red meat; I used a combination of cow head, foot, and red meat.

Required Ingredients For banga Soup

Serving: 8 Persons.

  • Meat (1kg)
  • Ground Crayfish (half cup)
  • Fresh prawn [oporo](one cup)
  • Fresh Palm Fruits (Banga) (10 cups)
  • 1 Medium sized dry fish / smoked fish
  • Red scotch bonnet pepper “Ata rodo” (6)
  • Ataiko (1 teaspoon)
  • Irugege (1 teaspoon)
  • Oburunbebe Stick (Banga stick) (1)
  • crushed dried beletientien leaves (half cup)
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • I cup shelled Periwinkles
  • Salt to taste.

What is Banga

Banga is a local name for palm tree in Nigeria. Banga see are palm seed as you can see below, you need them to make a delicious banga soup.
banga seeds

These are banga seeds (Mpuru akwu), they are the major ingredients for making this soup. Akwu is very abundant in Nigerian.

Making banga soup
These are pictures of some of the ingredients for this Itsekiri soup. All of these spices and ingredients can be purchased from any Nigerian local market. For the spices and banga stick, ask those women that sell traditional roots and herbs like zobo leaves and dogoyaro.

Ingredients delta

You should use crushed dried beletientien leaves, it is also called atama leaves in Nigeria local markets.

Preparation

Start by grinding the spices. Add them all together (ataiko, Irugege and a cup of crayfish), blend to powder. Blend the pepper also. Wash the dried fish and remove center bones. I used dried catfish. This catfish is actually my favorite, it tastes so wonderful in soups. You need just one. Pour hot water over it, wash and set aside.

Wash and precook the prawn, use half a cup of water, a seasoning cube and a pinch of salt.

Precook your meat, this is how – Wash properly and use two seasoning cubes and a pinch of salt. Cook the meat until it becomes soft, easy to chew and the water is almost dried. Add salt to taste and allow another three minutes. Set aside.

Boil the palm fruit for 20 minutes, pound with a mortar and pestle, transfer into a bowl, add water and extract the juice, don’t add too much water, you want it thick. You will need about 7-10 cups of that palm fruit juice for this soup. It should be thick.
washing banga

How to cook Banga Soup

Use a sieve to strain the extract into your cooked meat.
washed

Allow boiling for 15 minutes with the pot half-covered. It should be a lot thicker now.

Add the cleaned dried fish, ground (crayfish, ataiko plus irugege), oburunbebe stick, ground pepper, and salt to taste. Cover and allow another 10 minutes. You can add a little water if it is too thick.
Delta Banga Soup

Add the crushed dried beletientien leaves, precooked prawn, periwinkles and one cube of knorr. Stir, cover and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. This is how to make the popular banga soup that is loved and made by the Deltans.
delta soup

Serve with starch, eba or fufu.

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Banga soup Recipe

This Banga soup recipe can be used by anyone to make a delicious Nigerian soup. This soup is just one of the most popular in Nigeria.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Nigerian soup
Keyword: banga soup recipe, Delta state soups, Itshekiri soup
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 749kcal
Author: Chy Anegbu
Cost: 4000 Naira

Equipment

  • Pots
  • Cooker

Ingredients

  • Meat 1kg
  • Ground Crayfish half cup
  • Fresh prawn [oporo] one cup
  • 10 cups Fresh Palm Fruits Banga
  • 1 Medium sized dry fish / smoked fish
  • 6 Red scotch bonnet pepper “Ata rodo”
  • 1 teaspoon Ataiko
  • 1 teaspoon Irugege
  • 1 Oburunbebe Stick Banga stick
  • beletientien leaves half cup
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • 1 Cup Periwinkles Shelled
  • Salt to taste.

Instructions

  • Start by boiling the banga seeds, pound and extract the palm sauce
  • You will need about 7-10 cups of that palm fruit sauce for this banga soup recipe.
  • Use a sieve to strain the Banga extract into your cooked meat in the pot.
  • Let it boil with the meat for the next 15 minutes. Don't cover the pot completely.
  • Add washed and cleaned dried catfish, ground (crayfish, ataiko and irugege), drop the oburunbebe stick, ground pepper, and salt to taste. You can add a cup of water if it is too thick, cover and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add beletientien leaves, periwinkles, precooked prawn, and one seasoning cube. Stir, cover and allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
  • You just made one of the most popular delta state soups
  • Serve with starch, eba or fufu.

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Comments

  1. ofonneka  June 15, 2016

    Omg! I can’t believe it. This is so looking yummy. Pls where can I buy all these ingredients in Asaba? Well, I would probably ask around.

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  2. Glorry  June 15, 2016

    I am from Delta state. My mom does all the cooking and this is one of the best soup she does for the family. I would be getting married in few months time and dying to learn about these traditional foods. Thanks for the banga soup. I will try it and then get back to you.

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  3. Akinwale olabimpe  June 15, 2016

    Am not sure if I will comment but I have been trying to get the cooking book since and to pay on delivery, I stay in portharcort, rivers state. I have not gotten feedback yet. Please I need it so urgently.

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    • Chy Anegbu  June 15, 2016

      Our cookbooks are very easy to purchase. Just call 08035051468 or 08157668217, thanks.

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      • Bola  August 18, 2017

        I will need the cook book from Port Harcourt 08035012755

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      • Deborah  September 1, 2018

        Is there any remedy if the bitter leave added to the soup is too much

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        • Chy Anegbu  September 3, 2018

          too much or too bitter?

  4. Julie  June 17, 2016

    Dear Chi,
     
    Thank you for your recipe, I am from Delta so I cook banga soup and starch almost every time in my house and everybody loves it.
     
    Thanks once again as I look forward to knowing how to prepare other delicious soups from you.

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  5. ngozi racheal ekpunobi  June 17, 2016

    I want to know how to do agidi please

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  6. Glory Godwin  June 24, 2016

    O my GOD,I love this soup .pls ma how can I get ur two cooking books, I really want to buy ,am in Abuja.I wish to be like u, and thanks for teaching us how to Cook.

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  7. Emamuzo  June 27, 2016

    Wow! Chy u are doing great.the beletete leaf is different from dried bitter leaf,they look alike but beletete is tasteless but has good aroma.we use both in preparing Delta Banga soup,u can also use little quantity of washed bitterleaf instead of dried one incase u like to see leaves in ur soup.Kudos Chy

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  8. Zainab Musa Mahmoud  July 11, 2016

    I’m going to try this soup and i really love to have this book

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  9. esther  July 15, 2016

    Please am igbo what is irugege nd atiko in English or igbo. Love the receipe

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  10. Temmy  August 17, 2016

    Hello Chy, I have gotten the cook book and I’m glad I did. Its really an Ultimate Cook Book. Please I need recipe and steps on how to make white soup. I have cooked ofe owerri and Afang soup and they came out well. I want to try white soup as well. Thanks #souptour #chythebest

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    • Chy Anegbu  August 21, 2016

      Thanks. The recipe for nsala (white soup) is exactly on page 52 of the cookbook. Chy

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  11. Juliet  August 17, 2016

    wow! thanks, I’ll try this recipe

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  12. Busayo  August 28, 2016

    Thanks again for your efforts in helping our cooking. I’ve bought your cook book and it’s amazing. Please I want to know if one can substitute the powdered cocoyam for a fresh cocoyam that you’ll have to pound before using as a thickener. Thank you

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  13. orekoya Rita  September 12, 2016

    Hi chy how can i get ur cookbook,pls i really need it,i’m in Akure.

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  14. Chinedu  May 21, 2017

    Wow I enjoy ur recipe and I really want to get ur cooking book. I can I get it and pls do u mind me asking you few question

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    • chidi anan  May 23, 2017

      not at all, please call us on 08035051468.

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  15. Angela  May 23, 2017

    Pls can one use croacker fish or any fresh fish to cook your banga soup…and where can I get the ingredients in ph ??

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  16. Henrietta Ifeoma  July 5, 2017

    Pls send me the recipe for urhobo banga rice and urhobo coconut rice

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  17. Bummy  August 2, 2017

    Just finish making my bangs soup now, its so yummy. Thanks soon much.

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  18. Biola  August 18, 2017

    Banga Soup is from the Urhobos not Itsekiris. Good work. Keep it up.

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    • Jason  February 10, 2018

      Thank you, wanted to comment on that

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    • Case  June 17, 2019

      Will u keep kwaaayet say what u know

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  19. Blessing  October 28, 2017

    Wonderful recipes… Well done ma’am

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  20. Aderonke Olufowora  February 27, 2018

    I love to have the cookbook,pls how do I get it and how much

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    • Chy Anegbu  February 28, 2018

      Call us on 08035051468, thanks

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    • Peace Akomaye  November 12, 2018

      This is great, am from Kogi state and my hubby is from Obudu n banga happen to be his favourite, with this, l must confess, you have really make my day. Thank you ma’am.

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  21. Bridget  May 22, 2018

    wow, I will surely prepare banga soup for my family this weekend. Thanks

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  22. ONYII  June 16, 2018

    I MARRIED A DELTAN I AM FROM IMO WHAT IS ATAIKO, IRUGEGE, OBURUBEBE, BLENTIENTIEN LEAF PLS I WANT TO COOK IT THANKS

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    • Chef Chidi  June 17, 2018

      Visit a local market near you.

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  23. Sephina  July 27, 2018

    You can also add potash when cooking, though it’s by choice.

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  24. Cynthia  August 22, 2018

    Where can I lay my hands on all this recipe in Lagos chy”?

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  25. Kenneth Asenime  October 16, 2018

    Nice one, I tried it out but turned out watery. What could I have done wrong.

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    • Chy Anegbu  October 17, 2018

      Use lots of banga seeds and be sure to have your banga sauce thick. I think you added so much water so it was watery from the beginning. If it is watery it only means you added too much water somehow.

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  26. godwin oghenesuowho bako  October 18, 2018

    huuuum i love banga suop so much.so yomming yomming

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  27. Ese  December 27, 2018

    5 stars
    Banga soup is native soup for the Urhobos and Isokos of Delta state. A very wonderful recipe. Mine cooking right now on the cooker with starch waiting to be prepared by dawn. I am a guy though. Love cooking as a hubby.

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  28. Cherish Jacob  April 23, 2019

    Just finished preparing my banga soup, is yummy…. Thanks a lot.

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  29. Love  July 31, 2019

    Thank you ma.can you please show the image of the iru.? Thanks

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  30. Esther eku effiong  December 21, 2019

    I was asked to make Banga soup today,am so so o sad the they have already gone to the market before i see this recipe because the are some ingredients here that i didn’t include and it’s my first time of cooking it,so now what do I do please it’s very urgent thank

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  31. Esther  February 18, 2020

    The banga soup looks nice but am from Akwa Ibom and this items here Ataiko, Irugege,Oburunbebe Stick Banga stick,beletientien leaves I haven’t heard them before how can get them or is there another name for it.

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    • Chy Anegbu  February 20, 2020

      You can buy them from the local markets. Just ask around.

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