Nigerian Recipe

How to Make Ofe Akwu (Palm Nut Soup) with a Video Guide

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Ofe Akwu, also known as Banga Soup, is a traditional delicacy popular in southeastern Nigeria. This nutritious and flavorful soup is made from palm nut juice or extract. In this article, we will explore the step-by-step process of making this delicious soup. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey!

How to Make Ofe Akwu (Palm Nut Soup)


2 cooking pots – Available on Amazon and Jumia
Sieve – Available on Amazon and Jumia
Bowl – Available on Amazon and Jumia
Knife – Available on Amazon and Jumia
Chopping board – Available on Amazon and Jumia
Mortar and pestle


Smoked catfish
Scent leaves
Palm fruits (Akwu)
Habanero pepper
Locust beans seasoning (Ogiri Okpei)
Banga spices
Salt to taste

Procedure for Making Ofe Akwu

STEP 1: Begin by thoroughly washing the palm fruits (akwu) and placing them in a cooking pot.

STEP 2: Add water to the pot and place it over medium heat. Allow the palm fruits to cook for approximately 45 minutes.

STEP 3: While the palm fruits are cooking, take the second pot and add the beef, sliced onions, salt, and seasonings. Pour water into the pot and cover it. Let the meat cook over medium heat until it becomes tender.

STEP 4: Soak the smoked fish in hot water for a few minutes, then remove the bones and set it aside.

STEP 5: In a mortar, combine the locust beans seasoning, crayfish, and habanero pepper. Pound them together until well blended. Set the mixture aside.

STEP 6: Wash the scent leaves and chop them on a chopping board. Set them aside.

STEP 7: Once the meat is cooked, remove it from the pot and set it aside. Keep the broth aside as well.

STEP 8: Take the cooked palm fruits and transfer them to the mortar and pestle. Pound them thoroughly until you extract the concentrated palm juice.

STEP 9: Transfer the pounded palm fruit  to a bowl and add water. Mix it well using your hand, then strain the mixture through a sieve. Ensure that the water is properly drained and set it aside.

STEP 10: Pour the strained palm juice into a clean pot and place it over medium heat. Allow it to cook until the palm oil floats to the top. If you prefer a thicker consistency, continue boiling until you achieve the desired texture.

STEP 11: Add the remaining sliced onions, ground crayfish, pepper, and the ogiri okpei seasoning (locust beans seasoning) to the pot. Mix everything together and cover the pot. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes, then add the cooked meat and smoked fish. Stir well, cover the pot, and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

STEP 12: Finally, add the scent leaves and season with salt to taste. Cover the pot and let it cook for three more minutes.

STEP 13: Congratulations! Your delicious Ofe Akwu is now ready to be served.

How to Serve Ofe Akwu

Traditionally, Ofe Akwu is best enjoyed with starchy foods such as Eba, Fufu, pounded yam, or boiled rice.

Occasions to Serve Ofe Akwu

Ofe Akwu can be served for any of the three main meals: breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Additionally, it is perfect for festivals, family gatherings, weekend meals, cultural events, traditional ceremonies, and special dinner nights.

How to Store Ofe Akwu

You can store Ofe Akwu in the freezer, but make sure it cools off before refrigerating. When you wish to use it again, remove it from the freezer, allow it to thaw, and warm it up before consuming it.

Nutritional Value of Ofe Akwu

Ofe Akwu, thanks to its palm nut base, offers numerous health benefits. It contains zero cholesterol, making it a heart-healthy choice. The soup is loaded with antioxidants, rich in vitamins K and A, and packed with other essential nutrients.

Credit: Flo Chinyere


In conclusion, you now have the know-how to prepare this delectable soup. Some people prefer to add the ingredients to the pot before allowing the palm oil to float. Either method works wonderfully. Enjoy your flavorful Ofe Akwu!

I hope you found this article helpful. Be sure to check out how to make Opka for another culinary adventure.

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Suwaiba Dalhatu

Suwaiba Dalhatu is an enthusiastic writer. She grew up in Zaria. A specialist on recipes - local recipes to be precise. Cooking is like a profession to her. She loves to read and write in her leisure time, and also loves to make new friends.

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