Ofe Akwu | How to Cook Banga Stew
This recipe shows you how to cook banga stew, a popular food in Igboland.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 12 People
Cost: 4000 Naira
- 10 cups Banga palm fruit
- 1 Kg Assorted meat
- 500 g Mackrele
- 1 sachet of ‘Onga soup’ spice
- A cup of Sliced onions
- 2 cups of sliced fluted pumpkin optional
- 3 seasoning cubes
- 1 cup of sliced Scent leave
- 200 g dried fish
- 1/2 cup ground Crayfish
- Pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
Start by boiling the palm fruit with just water, it should be ready to pound in 15 minutes. Pound using mortar and pestle.
Add water to the pounded Banga seeds and squeeze out the thick paste. It should be around 10 cups and thick. Set aside in a large bowl.
Season the meat and mackerel and precook using the right spices. A teaspoon of salt, two seasoning cubes, and onions.
Remove the fish after 10 minutes and cook the meat till it becomes soft.
Once the meat is cooked, add the palm fruit paste and allow it to boil.
Add the washed dried fish and crayfish to the boiling pot.
Add salt and pepper to taste, a seasoning cube and/or onga classic (half teaspoon), taste your stew. Add the remaining sliced onions and the precooked mackerel.
Cover and cook for 10 minutes before adding the chopped scent leaves.
Banga stew (Ofe Akwu) is served with rice, beans or white boiled yam.