When it comes to food everyone has his/her favourite, that special food you can never say no to. It could be a dessert, snack or full meal, whichever one, that special food is always a yes. Good food they say is a road to a man's heart, well I guess not just for men, good food is also a good headway to my stomach, hahaha yes not to my heart but somewhere close to that place.
I am a lover of food although not a foodie but I can't pass a good meal. Have got varieties of delicacies I crave for every day. Time to let you in on the most spectacular and most cherished of all my favourite delicacies. BANGA-STEW. It is commonly prepared by Nigerians, no particular Tribe owns this special delicacy as it is enjoyed by all. It is also known as OFEAKWU in my dialect.
WHY IS IT MY FAVORITE
I can't really place a finger that particular thing that made it my favourite maybe because it's tasty and nutritional. BANGA is a special stew that needs much care and attention if not everything will go wrong, when prepared wrongly, it can make you hate the food for long. It can be taken with rice, white yam and any other complementary dishes. The main recipe for BANGA is palm fruit which is the Banga itself. Enough of the intro, now to the kitchen.
Recipe for OFEAKWU
- AKWU(Banga)......... Palm-fruit
Quantity: 1/2 small paint tin
Quantity: Two big slices
Quantity: A small plate full
- Azuokpo..........Dried fish
Quantity: Two juice Tthe big sizes
Quantity: To taste.
Quantity: Two big ball of onions
- Nchiawu: cent leaf
Quantity: A small bunch. To add flavour.
- Local spices.
Quantity: To enhance the flavour.
- Seasoning :
Quantity: Two cubes of Star or any other seasoning.
Quantity: To taste.
- Meat. Optional
Pulverize cooked Palm nut fruits (Akwu). cook the Palm-nut Fruits till flesh is tender and well cooked. Then pound to breakdown the flesh to release the Palm juice ( palm paste) the juice.
Steam your meat and stockfish, add seasoning and onions while steaming then keep aside. Make sure you don't add to much water, just a little water is needed.
Grind the pepper and onions together, keep aside. they are used as thicken the stew.
Slice the cent leaf and keep aside
Cook the palm juice till it start boiling, then add the cooked meat wait for 2 mins, then add the dried fish, local species and your grounded onions and pepper. Cook for a minute, add the seasoning and cent leaf. Cook for sometime then bring down to settle. Your soup is ready.
Note: To get a good taste and thick stew, do not cover the pot while cooking
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