If you are in Nigeria and you have not tasted Banga stew you are missing out! But well there is still time to taste it! One amazing thing about this stew is, it can be use as soup too.
If you want to make Banga stew also known as Ofe Akwu here are all the ingredients you need:
Ofe Akwu Ingredients
800g palm fruits (5 cups)
1kg (2.2lbs) beef
1 dry fish
2 smoked mackerel (titus fish)
1-2 bulbs of red onion
2 tablespoons ground crayfish
2 small seasoning cubes
1 small lump of ogiri okpei
Habanero pepper (to your taste)
In other not to be confused what to put before what, here is a little direction on what to do and what not;
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Directions for cooking the Ofe Akwu
Boil the beef with the seasoning cubes and half of the chopped onions till done. For best results, I grill the meat in the oven.
Slowly decant the palm fruit concentrate into the pot you will use to cook the Ofe Akwu making sure the unwanted sediments do not go into the pot.
Add the beef stock, the grilled meat, dry fish, the remaining onions, ogiri okpei and pepper and crayfish.
Cover and start cooking. When it boils, continue cooking till you see some red oil floating on top.
Add the smoked mackerel and scent leaves.
Cover and once it boils again, it’s done! Taste and add salt if necessary.
Just in case you get confused along the way here is a video to watch;