Palm nut soup, also known as “abenkwan,” “banga,” or “omoebe,” is a delicious and rich dish enjoyed in many West African countries.

Here’s a quick and easy recipe to make this flavorful soup at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 can of palm nut cream (800ml)
  • 1 pound of meat (chicken, beef, or goat)
  • 1 pound of smoked fish
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup of okra, sliced (optional)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground crayfish (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons groundnut paste (optional for thickness)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cups of water or broth
  • Fresh spinach or bitter leaf (optional for garnish)
  • Scotch bonnet pepper (optional for heat)
Palm Nut Soup
Palm Nut Soup

Instructions

Prepare the ingredients:

  • If using fresh meat, cut it into bite-sized pieces. If using smoked fish, clean and debone it.
  • Chop the onion, garlic, tomatoes, and bell pepper.
  • Slice the okra and prepare any additional vegetables.

Cook the meat:

  • In a large pot, add the meat, chopped onions, and minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add enough water or broth to cover the meat and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the meat is tender (about 20-30 minutes).

Add the palm nut cream:

  • Once the meat is cooked, add the can of palm nut cream to the pot. Stir well to combine.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, bell pepper, and any optional ingredients like okra, ground crayfish, or groundnut paste.

Simmer the soup:

  • Add additional water or broth if needed to achieve your desired consistency.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the fish:

  • Add the smoked fish to the pot and gently stir to combine. Let it cook for another 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Adjust seasoning:

  • Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with more salt, pepper, or Scotch bonnet pepper for heat if desired.

Serve:

  • You can serve the palm nut soup hot, garnished with fresh nkontonmire or bitter leaf if using.
  • Enjoy it with a side of rice, fufu, or pounded yam.

Tips for a perfect palm nut soup

  • Consistency: Adjust the amount of water or broth based on how thick or thin you want the soup.
  • Protein: Feel free to mix different types of protein such as chicken, beef, goat, and various fish to enhance the flavor.
  • Vegetables: Adding vegetables like eggplant or leafy greens can add more nutrients and flavor to the soup.
Palm Nut Soup
Palm Nut Soup

This quick and easy palm nut soup recipe will have you enjoying a taste of West Africa in no time. Try it out and let us know how it turned out in the comments!

Source: Blackgh.com

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