banga stew - ofe akwu
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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
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Nigerian Cuisine
Keyword: Banga stew, Igbo Foods, Ofe Akwu
Servings: 12 People
Author: Chy Anegbu
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.