Banga Soup Spices: Spices for cooking native Banga Soup


Banga Soup Spices: Spices for cooking native Banga Soup


What are the spices used for cooking native Banga soup?

This is one question I get  from friends and subscribers. Most of them complain that the Igbo's Ofe Akwu doesn't have similar taste to the Banga soup they have eaten at parties or restaurants.

The fact is that Ofe Akwu and Banga soup are both Nigerian Soups made with the concentrated extract from Palm fruits/Palm nuts, but the spices used for cooking Banga soup differs a lot from  that used for Ofe Akwu

While Ofe Akwu is usually served with boiled White Rice and Boiled Yams, Banga soup is served with fufu meals, starch(Usi), Eba, Amala , Tuwo MasaraWheat meal and other Nigerian Bolus meals.

So here are a few of the Banga Soup Spices:


* Oburunbebe stick: this brown herbal stick makes a big difference in the taste and aroma of the Banga soup. It is usually added towards the end of the soup making process and left for 10 minutes ,so that the flavour is infused into the soup.Oburunbebe stick can be re-utilized for subsequent cooking.



* Aidan Fruit (Uyayak, Tyko or yanghanyanghan)  : The skin of this fruit is used for preparing Banga soup. It is ground to powder and added to soups.
The scientific name is Tetrapleura tetraptera
 


*Rohojie: this is a tiny brown seed that is ground or pounded with the Aidan fruit to give the banga soup its unique flavour and taste.


*Obeletientien : this is a spice used for garnishing . It actually doesnt add any extra taste to the soup, but helps complete the foods presentation and only a little is used.Dried mint leaves can be used as a substitute.


All these spices can be found at the local markets or African stores if you live outside Nigeria.


 


By Nky Lily Lete

 

17 comments:

  1. please dear, can u pls distiguish for me, which is which? The thick brown stuff at the upper left is called what? And the light brown stuff beside it is called what? I guess the seeds are the Rohojie seeds. I've seen the small black stuffs beside it but i do not know it's name too. Hope to prepare it soon

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi dear, The thick brown stuff is the Uyayak
    The light brown stick is the oburunbebe
    The seeds are the rohojie
    The others in the plate are optional
    see the video I just included so that you can distinguish.
    Hope you cook the soup soon :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous4:50:00 PM

      I live in texas and my husband is an Nigerian and i would love to cook banga soup for him but i can't seem to find the banga spice so where can i get it.

      Delete
  3. Anonymous6:44:00 PM

    Is lovely I just cook mine,but is watery.hw can I make it thick

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow, I guess you added excess water to your soup.Let it cook a little longer before putting it off. The banga soup will thicken further when it cools.

      Delete
  4. Anonymous11:24:00 PM

    Thnks I hope to try it soon

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks a lot for sharing such an awesome recipe
    visit : http://www.fazlani.com/

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks dear, God bless you. Will send in my pics.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good to see you back dear, I'll be expecting them :)

      Delete
  7. Anonymous7:01:00 PM

    Hi Lili all these spices should have a botanic names other than than the local names Could U pls tell us the English names of the spices. tnx Clair robert.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Clair, I will keep you updated as soon as I have the rest.
      For the Aidan Fruit it is known as Tetrapleura tetraptera .

      Delete
    2. There is an African store near me but I didn't see these are there any alternatives

      Delete
    3. There are no alternatives.

      Delete
  8. Anonymous3:08:00 PM

    Yummy

    ReplyDelete

Hello lovely reader,
I appreciate your comments & feedback.Please kindly use a pen-name or nickname when commenting or asking questions regarding any of our recipes.
All ‘ANONYMOUS’ comments will now be ignored to help cut down spamming.. thanks for understanding.
With love...
Nky :)

Sponsored links