Banga soup is made from the extract of fresh boiled red palm fruits. It is common among the people of Southern Nigeria. There are slight variations in the way the different tribes prepare it.
Being from Cross River State and growing up in Calabar, I ate this soup quite often. My sisters and I experimented a lot with this soup, we have used afang leaves, water leaves, atama, and I think bitter leaf, and they all turned out to be delicious. This soup is always a hit with everyone, I am yet to meet anyone who doesn't like banga soup. The red colour of ripe palm fruits is as a result of the presence of beta-carotene and lycopene which are powerful antioxidants.
1 mudu fresh palm fruits
500g goat meat
500g cow head
1 big onion bulb
4 fresh pepper
4 stock cubes
1 cup crayfish
1 1/2 tsp banga spice
salt to taste
Wash the fresh palm fruits and place in a pot. Add water to just cover the palm fruits and boil.
Wash the meat thoroughly, season with one stock cube and salt to taste. Cook until soft, the meat stock should be almost dry.
When the palm fruits are ready (the skin will be soft), transfer to a mortar and pound gently.
Transfer the extracted liquid to the pot with the meat, and cook. Add the pounded crayfish mixture, stock cubes and banga spice. Add salt to taste. Allow to boil for about ten minutes.
Add the atama leaves and cook for about five minutes. Remove from heat.
Serve with eba, starch, pounded yam or any swallow of your choice.