How To Prepare Palmnut Soup

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A popular soup in the Ghanaian and Ivorian community is palm nut soup, which is produced from the fruit of the palm tree. It was created by the Akan tribe in Ghana’s Ashanti Region. Palm nut soup has gained popularity in Europe. Abenkwan, which means “palm nut soup” in the Akan language (the language of the Akan people of Ghana), is a traditional dish that has long been cooked and relished throughout the country.

A base of palm cream or palm nuts is used to make the soup. To make a thick, tasty soup that can be paired with fufu, omotuo, banku, fonio, or rice, the palm cream is mixed with flavorful, marinated meats, smoked dry fish, and aromatics. The use of palm oil is crucial in Ghanaian and other West African cuisines. There are several names for this palm nut soup in the region.

In West African and Cameroonian cuisine, mbanga soup is a palm fruit soup. It frequently comes with kwacoco. The soup is a Cameroonian adaptation of the Nigerian and other West African banga, a palm fruit soup. In Cameroon, fresh palm nuts are used to make mbanga. Cans of nuts can be used outside the area.

Specifically from the Urhobo ethnic group in Southern (the Niger Delta) Nigeria, banga is a type of palm fruit soup. The Igbo cuisine variation ofe akwu is very dissimilar to this cuisine. The Binis have a palm fruit soup with similar ingredients and preparation to ofe akwu.

The meal is served alongside various cuisines in Nigeria, including banku for Ghana and starch (usi) for the Urhobo people of Delta State, Nigeria. The stew and soup variants used by the Igbo people are created from palm fruits. The Igbo land region of Anambra uses palm fruit extract to produce Oha and Onugbu soup along other shaping foods (often known as “swallow”) including pounded cassava (utara/akpu), corn/cassava flour, and ofe akwu, a stew variant that is typically eaten with rice (nni oka). The Igbo people place a great deal of importance on the palm fruit.

Palm nut soup can be served with

  • Rice balls (omo tuo)
  • Banku
  • Fufu
  • Ampesi


  • olonka palm nuts
  • pound cow meat
  • 5 pieces crabs
  • 1 smoked salmon
  • 3 pieces large onions
  • 5 pieces medium-sized garden eggs
  • 5 pieces red bell pepper
  • 4 pieces garlic gloves
  • 2 maggi cubes
  • pound wele
  • 1 ginger


  • Pour palm nuts into a clean bowl and wash thoroughly with clean water.
  • Place in a large cooking pot and boil under high heat for about 30 minutes until its soft enough.
  • Remove from fire, drain water and pour into a mortar.
  • Pound mixture gently until all the covering of the palm nuts fall off the nuts.
  • Place the pounded mixture into a bowl and cover it.
  • Wash meat and cut into smaller pieces and place into a clean cooking pot.
  • Wash ginger, garlic and onions and blend mixture together.
  • Pour the blended mixture over the chopped meat.
  • Add some spice and steam until the meat softens.
  • Clean the crabs and dry fish and set aside.
  • Add fresh tomatoes, garden eggs, peper and onions into the steaming pot.
  • Add little amount of water and increase heat to boil.
  • Add a litre of hot water to the pounded palm nut you set aside earlier.
  • The water should be moderately hot so that you can put your hands inside.
  • Mix thoroughly with your hands.
  • Take the fibre part of the mixture bit by bit and sqeeze the liquid out and set aside.
  • Sieve the mixture until you have enough liquid with no fibres in it.
  • Place a colander over the pot of meat and gently pour the palmnut mixture into it.
  • Allow the soup to cook over high heat.
  • Remove the tomatoes, onions, garden eggs and pepper and mash together.
  • Add it back into the cooking pot.
  • Add maggi cubes
  • Add crabs
  • Add dry fish or salmon
  • Stir gently to avoid mashing the fish.
  • Cook for over 15 to 20 minutes until the surface turns oily.
  • Your soup is ready.

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