I once saw a Chinese movie about their food culture and I fell in love with the concept behind the movie. The movie predominantly state reasons why some food are good for the body and why we should consume it regularly even if we do not like it.
The benefits and nutrients this food gives should compel us to want to try. Even if it means trying it out for the first time, or closing your nose to take it, ( just kidding though) or giving an unwelcome face appeal, think of the benefits.
It might not look bad like it seems nor appears ravishing but the taste might be yummy – that’s why we have food cultures around the globe – besides his fun trying new things. Food testing is one of my speciality. Oh God, I love good food like hell but I have a rule before I try new food. If you want to know about my number one rule and only rule, read till the end.
So let’s get started
I will be discussing with you today about food culture in Urhobo tribe delta state Nigeria. The Urhobo’s are another tribe in Nigeria from the South-south regions. In Nigeria, we have a handful of tribes, cultures and food culture is not excluded.
Although, if you’ve ever heard about the tribes in Nigeria, you will probably have come across the three major ones – which are Igbos from the south-east, the Yoruba’s from the Southwest and Hausa from the North. Urhobo happens to be one of the minority tribes. We will talk extensively about them in due course – do stay alert.
In Urhobo land when an important personality or a very special and distinguish friend or relatives is coming to visit, they prepare their local soup called Banga soup awaiting the arrival of the guest. This soup is prepared majorly from palm kernel nuts.
Benefits of Palm Kernel Nuts
- Palm kernel is an excellent source of unsaturated fat which is good for cooking
- The vitamins E, K, and A found in palm kernel helps in preventing the occurrence of wrinkles, improves bone health, and also prevents the disorder of eye sickness like night blindness.
- The existence of palmitic acid, evaluated as a 16-carbon saturated fatty acid, renders it extraordinary from other cooking oils. For more enlightenment about this oil, check out Benefits of palm kernels, and Organic palm kernel.
Recipes needed for Banga Soup
- 1 bowl of palm kernel nuts
- Freshwater fish (preferably catfish)
- 3 balls of onions
- Fresh lime leaf ( secret ingredients)
Images of key Ingredients needed
Benefits of lime leaves (kaffir leaves)
- The aroma from lime leaves provides the food with a good taste and nice smell.
- Lime leaf embodies Vitamin C which makes it a decent medicinal herb to treat numerous diseases like heart diseases and cancer.
- The distinctive mix of erratic solutions in lime leaves helps to detoxify the blood. while also helping the liver and lymphatic system push out harmful substances and enhance your all-around health.
- The antibacterial and antioxidant trait of lime leaves makes them influential tools to strengthen the immune system. If you want to know more about the benefits of lime leaves click here.
How to Prepare Banga Soup
Step 1: Wash your palm nuts and put into the pot, then place on your cooking device to cook for about 20 to 30 minutes or until it is soft enough – that you can literally piece your hand through.
Step 2: While your nuts are still cooking, cut your fish into your desired sizes, and keep safe.
Step 3: Boil a jar of water or any desired amount you think can fill up the bowl in which your catfish is placed. Catfish are slimy in nature and that is why it is advisable to wash with hot water. After washing with hot water for the first time, then wash several times with cold water to remove all blood stains.
Step 4: By now your palm nuts should have been properly cooked. If it is, drain the water away, then put the nuts into a mortal and use your pestle to hit. In a situation where you don’t have those items, just get a deep bowl and something hard like a hard stick or bottle. Be careful when using bottle because you don’t want it to break.
Step 5: After beating your nuts to a certain stage, add cold water to rinse out the juice. Place a sieve on top of the pot to separate the liquid from the washed nuts. Add a little bit of warm water for the final wash. Remember not to use too much water so your soup doesn’t become watery.
Step 6: place your pot on the fire, allow to boil for some minutes, add your pepper, then one chopped ball of onions. Next, you add your salt and maggi, leave for another 10 minutes. This is to allow your palm oil cooked very well and because your fish is fresh and soft, you do not want it to get scattered when you put it into your soup.
Step 7: when you notice your soup is not looking watery anymore, add your fish and any other small chops like shrimps, beef and periwinkle. Then, add a second ball of chopped onions then wait for another 15 minutes.
Step 8: By now your soup should be ready. In a few minutes, your soup will be prepared. For your final touch, add your last ball of onions but this time, instead of chopping it, grind it to a paste. We do this to preserve the taste and also to get it cooked on time. While adding your final ball of onions, add your nicely chopped lime leaves. In few seconds, your culture soup is ready.
Usually, Banga soup is served with a locally made Starch, fufu or Eba made from cassava flour but most especially starch. Take a look at the pictures below.
Banga soup is for all class although, the more cash at hand, the better. It gives you the opportunity to add a lot of varieties to your soup which will later improve the nutrients given.
So what do you think?🤭🤭🤭
Would you like to try my food culture? 🤗🤗🤗🤗
Am ready to host you as my special guest of honour and I promise to make it worthwhile.😊😊😊
So be my guest but if you can’t make it to my home because of COVID19 then I will email it to you.😃😃😄😄😄😄😄.
Writing about this food just made me hungry for it. Did I mention this is actually my favourite food? Yes, it is.
Okay, take care friends and stay save. That is all for today from food culture in urhobo land. Bye.