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How to Cook Palmnut (Banga Ofe Akwu Abenkwan) and Peanut Butter (Nkatekwan) Soups - Nigerian and Ghanaian Versions

February 11, 2022

Banga Palmnut Abenkwan Ofeakwu Soup Spice

We are really excited about our latest West African spice product for cooking Palmnut and Peanut/Groundnut soups to our range. No surprise what we have called it - Banga Palmnut Ofeakwu Abenkwan Nketebe Nkatekwan  Abenkwan Soup Spice (LoL!)

Palmnut soups are cooked throughout parts of West Africa, mainly in Nigeria and Ghana, with small variations to ingredients used and the consistency of the soup. In Nigeria, the soup is cooked to a thicker consistency and called ''Banga Soup'' in the Warri Delta and Ijaw areas and ''Ofe Akwu'' by the Igbos.

In Ghana, Palmnut soups is generally cooked to a much lighter consistency than the Nigerian versions and is called ''Abenkwan'' when cooked using only the Palmnut cream, or it is called ''Nketebe'' when it is cooked together with Groundnut/Peanut paste - like a palmnut+peanut combo soup.

Similarly, there are variations of Peanut/Groundnut butter soups cooked using peanut butter/paste as the base. In Ghana, Peanut soup is called Nkatekwan and is really delicious.

Whatever region/area you are from, we invite you to try versions outside your usual style for a bit of culinary taste adventure. 

This spice will elevate and enhance whatever Palmnut or Peanut butter/paste soup version you cook. It is all the natural spice that you will need. Add salt and pepper to your taste.

For your viewing and learning pleasure we have added cooking videos made by some of Africa's well known cooking media personalities making their own versions of West African Palmnut and Peanut soups.

Happy Cooking and To Your Good Health!


Diaspora Ofe Akwu with Tinned Banga Cream By Flo Chinyere




Authentic Nigerian Warri Delta-Style Banga Soup with tinned Banga Cream by Ify's Kitchen 




Authentic Ghanaian Palmnut Soup Abenkwan by Obaapa's Kitchen




How to Make the Best Ghanaian Peanut Butter Soup Nkatekwan by Nanaaba's Kitchen





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