HOW TO PREPARE OFE AKWU/BANGA
Ofe akwu is a stew made of palm fruit. It is predominant in the eastern part of Nigeria. A well prepared one i
very tasty when taken with rice.
The ofe akwu derives its name from two Nigeria words; ofe which means soup and akwu which means palm fruit.
People who live in the Eastern part of Nigeria call it Ofe akwu and the people who live in the south-south call it Banga stew.
This tutorial is prepared to take you through all you need to know in order to make an Ofe akwu stew by yourself.
Now, let’s get started.
The first thing to do is to assemble the ingredients.
• Palm Fruits
This is the major ingredient needed to making the Ofe akwu. The contains vitamin A. It can be bought from foodstuff markets mostly in the south-south and the eastern part of Nigeria.
The meat is always seen as the most precious constituents of any soup. It is a source of protein to the meal. I also want to use this medium to advice people to stop eating animal fats or meats dominated by fats. They contain cholesterol which is not good for the Heart. You can get meats in food stuff markets or slaughter houses in Nigeria. You can as well use dry meat to make your soup.
The fish add more respect to the soup just like the meat. It is a source of protein to the meal. The Stock fish i.e. the dry one. The Stock fish can be used along with the fresh one to the taste of the cook. You can get them at shops or food stuff markets in Nigeria.
The onions adds special flavor to the soup. It plays a major role in the soup. It contains vitamins. You can get the onions from any foodstuff shop or market in Nigeria.
The pepper has a unique taste and enhancement it gives to the soup that makes it an ingredient that we cannot do without. We have fresh and dry ones. Both serve the same purpose. It is a source of vitamin and mineral salt. You can get them in shops or food stuff markets in Nigeria.
• Cray Fish
The Cray fish is a major ingredient in the soup. It adds a special kind of flavor to the soup. It is also a source of protein. You can get it in a shop or market in Nigeria.
• Cube or Sachet Seasoning
This adds special taste to the soup. It enhances the flavor of the soup. You can get them in any grocery outlet or market in Nigeria.
This a special kind of ingredient found in all parts of Nigeria. It adds a special flavor to the soup. It is rich in protein. You can get them from any part of Nigeria.
Vegetables such as Ugu (fruited pumpkin), Amaranthus (Green), Scent leaf (Nchuanwu) can be used to cook the Ofe akwu.
Salt is one of the major ingredients in any soup. It is rich in mineral. You can get it in any grocery outlet or market in Nigeria.
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EGBUM DANIEL CHUKWUBUIKEM