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Banga soup is a special dish from Delta state. It is commonly enjoyed by the people of Urhobos and Itsekiri of Nigeria. It is different names by different ethnic groups.
The West/Yoruba call it obe eyin, Eastern part refer it to ofe akwu,Itsekiri call it obey ekpo, the Balyesans named it lii fulou or luu fiai and the Akwa –Ibom/Cross River call it efere abak/atama. The neighbouring countries like Cameroon referred it to as Mbanga soup while Ghanaians named it abenkwan.
The soup is made from palm kernel juice extracted through pounding the nuts with mortal and pestle. It often served with yellowish, stretchy, chewy, jelly-like called starch. It is the by-product of cassava.
1. Palm oil in banga soup is very rich in vitamin K that plays important role in blood clot. It is essential for building strong bones and prevents heart disease.
2. The vitamin K , which contains antioxidant present in palm kernel Juice prevents cancer.
3.Vitamin K properties contributes to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin K improves insulin sensitivity.
4. Magnesium content in palm kernel juice play important role in over 300 enzymatic reactions with the body including the metabolism of food and synthesis of fatty acids and proteins.
5. Magnesium is involved in neuromuscular transmission and the activity of muscle relaxation. No wonder after consuming a plate of banga soup there is general body relaxation.
6.In the elderly, intake of banga soup made with palm kernel juice helps to prevent the prevalent of insulin resistance (diabete), coronary heart disease( heart failure, abnormal heart rhythm), metabolic syndrome and osteoporosis.
7. Researches showed that consumption of palm kernel juice in soup such as banga contains magnesium with combination viatamin B6 appears to be efficacious to reduce the effect of premenstrual syndrome symptoms such as insomnia, weight gain, bloating, leg swelling and breast tenderness.
8. Palm kernel juice also contain Vitamins A that is essential for healthy vision and may slow down retinal function in people with retinitis pigmentosa.
9. Vitamin A is also ensure healthy growth of the bone; the state of health of the reproduction and immune systems. It also helps the skin and mucous membranes repel bacteria and viruses more effectively.
10. It also contains vitamin E which is a powerful natural anti-oxidants that help in protection against cancer and guarantees to give your skin a fresher look and lowers your cholesterol level, thus protecting against heart diseases. This vitamin also prevent cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.
Palm kernel nuts
Seasoning (seasoning cubes, tyko, rogojie, obeletientien)
Beef meat/ goat/fish
Stick of Oburunbebe
1. Boil palm kernel nuts for 25 minutes
2. Check the palm kernel if it soft, pour out the water and extract the oil by pounding the nuts with mortar and pestle. After then add some water to it , stir it and leaves it for some minutes
3. Pour the extracted content into a pot and boil for 30 minutes
4. Pound the pepper, tyko, rogojie, sprinkle few leaves of obeletientien. Add all to the soup, pinch of native salt and seasoning cubes.
5. Break the oburun-bebe stick into two and drop half of the stick in the soup, these spices give it a great aroma and taste.Add boiled meat (assorted, Pomo, snail, periwinkle and boil for about 10 minutes.
6. At this point, the soup becomes thick.Then remove the oburunbebe( brown stick) Keep it for another use.
7. The soup can be served with starch, fufu or eba.
The soup is best preserved by warming it in native pot.Inability to get all the species it can be cooked ordinarily with stockfish, snails.