Banga soup

Banga Soup (The Itsekiri way).

Banga soup is the Itsekiri woman’s “Egbele koko miyo” meaning “A cock can never reject maize seeds”. As a proud Itsekiri woman, let me show you how to cook it our way and your man will always come back for more. Being riverine natives we use fresh fish for this delicacy but the Itsekiri woman can put a twist to any pot of soup using variety of proteins. Honestly, that is where the secret lies.The Itsekiris call this soup Obienye 🙂

Ready? Let’s do it!


2 big derica cups of banga (palm nuts)
1 milk cup of periwinkle (optional)
Dried pepper (as spicy as you want it)
1 medium sized onion
1 teaspoon of blended Ataiko
1 teaspoon of blended Irugeje
1 tablespoon of beletete
2 tablespoons of blended dried crayfish (add more if you wish)
1 medium sized smoked fish
1 medium sized bush meat (Choice meat)
Assorted meat (Abodi, shaki, roundabout, ponmo)
4 Seasoning cubes of your choice (for cooking the assorted meat separately and for the main pot of soup)
Salt to taste.



* Wash and boil palm nuts in a pot – 45mins or till cooked
* When cooked, with a pestle, pound properly to loosen the skin off the nuts.
* Extract oil with some water and run through a sieve.
* Repeat process until you get the oil out and set aside.

* In another pot, wash and cook your assorted meat. Adding the sliced onion, 2 seasoning cubes of your choice and some salt to taste. Cut and taste bits of the meat until you get your required softness (some like theirs fairly cooked and others very cooked). Set aside.

* In a bowl of warm water, wash the bush meat and smoked fish with some salt to loosen off the dirt. Rinse properly,cut to size and set aside.

* Clean the de-shelled periwinkle by taking off the black scaly point on it, rinse properly and set aside.


* Pour the palm nut oil into a pot and set on your lit stove/cooker
* Allow to boil for 10 minutes, then add the blended ataiko and irugeje and boil
* Add the bush meat and periwinkle. Cook for 3 minutes
* Add the assorted meat cook for 2 minutes
* Then add the pepper, crayfish, 2 seasoning cubes and salt to taste and allow to cook until everything blends in
* Finally, add the beletete leaves and cook until the soup thickens a bit.

Banga soup Banga Soup

Serve with Starch, Poundo yam, Semo, Eba or Wheat meal.

*** The Itsekiris steam up the soup in a native earthen pot before serving.
*** You can find the herbs and spices required in your local Nigerian market.
*** For diaspora, you can substitute with canned palm oil and banga soup spice mixes in your African markets.

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41 thoughts on “Banga Soup (The Itsekiri way).”

  1. Hello, if it isn’t too much work, I think photos of the ingredients and step by step of the cooking process could work.
    Just a suggestion, seeing as there’s a lot of competition in Nigerian food blogging.

    1. Aww thanks Jay. Your suggestion is noted. I intend adding more photos. The preparation process is step by step and quite easy to follow. thanks for stopping by Jay. 🙂

  2. Thanks matse! This is the way is done. I remember when i was serving in Enugu,i went 2 eat banga @ one restaurant.i regret eating it.diz ibo woman added tomatoes in banga soup *gosh* i hope she comes here n learn

  3. Matse pls wats ur instagram I’d ur cooking,I love cooking,thanks for the spicy chicken recipe,I will try it out

  4. You Just got a new fan on your blog… I got to this website through SDK, and i have bookmark it now…. #dancing# am a good Yoruba cook only, but been dying to learn varieties… Trust me I will TRY all this… dont disappoint me Matshe ooo,keep the site booming … Love yoy

  5. 1st time I tasted it was 2011 n hv since fell in luv wit it. But dunno aw its prepared. Naw I can qive it a try.

  6. My husband likes good food alot and I sometimes run out of idea, it’s so good to know help is here. Thank you Matse, am a SDK for life now am adding this.

  7. Am just loving this… husband traveled,at his return am gonna load’ him with plenty of poundo and this delicious looking Banga soup…..

  8. Thanks so much for this blog Matshe. I love cooking and I bet my family wld get to enjoy varieties henceforth.

  9. nice one matse, i use the canned banga from ghana and i still get the same taste oh….lol….at least my boo likes it……started using it in london and back to naija now i cant seem to go through all that process again……pls the recipe i want if u can is that sweet and sour Chinese sauce with shrimps…….thanks darling

  10. Lovely work Matse!! Please show us pics of the spices. Some of these women at the Market can be mischievous o! One gave me pepper soup spice I used it and my hubby spat out the soup. I got the spice from an isoko friend later and it even looked different not to talk of the effect when used!! Also please how does one blend the spices? Thanks

  11. Only if u knew how long I wished 2 knw hw 2 make this soup ehn!!! E don tey..I jst wished I can get all these local ingredients, it wld av been so superb..Nice work, ma’am n thank u 4 this.wld try it soon n give u d feedback

  12. Wow, Matse this is nice, yes i will also appreciate u post the spices so i can see n know them, cos i will try this soon cos i love bange soup.

    1. Matse pls try and give us pics of teh spices!! truly these market women can be terrible!! I had a nasty experience with one spice mix I bought from Obalende market. the next one i bought from another market was all garlic in the name of peppersoup spice!! My sister has to buy me spice mix from Igando any time I wanna make this soup. That is the only one that works!! Its not easy !!

  13. Matse, my warri sista , you always make us proud, concerning the banga spices, if its hard to get them unblended, they can ask for the blended banga spices. it makes work easier for working mothers like

  14. Hi Matse,
    I made it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so happy, my hubby likes it so much, this was my first time making it for him, i was just feeling like a star, he was licking d plate . this is a true experience, he even use white boiled rice to eat it. i culd not get the beletete so i decided to use echinwu vegetable commonly used by the igbo’s. Looking forward for more recipes. Hugs

  15. Madam wow…ur husband is Lucky o! But how come u are so in shape with all these delicacies without being fat? Becos if I start…I go fat o

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