Ofe Akwu is a palm nut stew that is native to the Igbos in Nigeria.
It is similar to the Efik's Banga Soup,which is traditional prepared with native spices, known as Banga spices.These spices gives the soup a unique taste and flavor, which makes it a bit different from the Igbo's Ofe Akwu.
It's common to see Ofe Akwu served as a sauce for boiled Rice or yams,but you can also enjoy it with boiled plantains and a lot more.
Here's how to prepare it.
Ofe Akwu Ingredients:
* 400g of canned Palm fruit pulp/ 500g Palm Fruits
* 500g of boiled Beef
* 1/2 cup of cooked dried fish (optional)
* 1/2 cup of cooked stock fish (optional)
* 150 ml of Beef stock (from the cooked meat)
* 150g fresh Mackerel fish(Titus fish)
* 2 Handful shredded Ugwu OR Scent leaves OR Spinach
* 1 small onion bulb, finely chopped
* 1 tablespoonful ground crayfish
* 1 stock cube
* Chili pepper or scotch bonnet( to taste)
* Salt to taste
Cooking Directions for Ofe Akwu
*If you would be using fresh palm kernel fruit(nut),you'll have to wash and boil for 30 minutes and check to be sure the skin is soft enough and peels off easily.
Then pound lightly in a mortar to extract the oil. Make sure you don't break the nuts,while pounding. Pour in some hot water, mix well and strain the extract through a sieve.
Put in a pot and boil until it thickens and the oil rises to the top.
*If you'll be using the canned palm nut pulp, pour into a pot and heat until the oil begins to rise to the top.
*Add the meat stock or water, depending on how thick or light you want the stew to be.The more stock you add the lighter, the soup will be.
Leave to boil for 10 minutes.
*Now, add the cooked beef, the fresh fish ,cooked stock fish and dried fish. Also add the chopped onions,the pepper, ground crayfish,stock cube and salt to taste.
Stir and Cover the pot;then leave to cook for 8 minutes.
*After 8 minutes,add the shredded leaves simmer for 2-3 minutes and your Ofe Akwu is ready. ENJOY..
Ofe Akwu is usually served with boiled Rice or yams,but can also be enjoyed with boiled plantains.
|Ofe Akwu (Igbo-style Banga stew)|
--Check out the recipe for the Efik Banga Soup--
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By Nky Lily Lete