Making Banga Stew (Ofe Akwu) in 10 minutes

Making Banga Stew (Ofe Akwu) in 10 minutes

Making Banga Stew (Ofe Akwu) in 10 minutes

Making Banga Stew (Ofe Akwu) in 10 minutes is a challenging task, as the traditional method involves several steps, including boiling and pounding palm fruit, precooking meat and fish, and simmering the stew for a significant amount of time.

However, here is a simplified recipe that can be prepared in approximately 10 minutes using some shortcuts and pre-prepared ingredients:


  • 1 cup of pre-cooked Banga palm fruit paste (available at African stores or online)
  • 1/2 cup of pre-cooked assorted meat (beef, chicken, or goat meat)
  • 1/4 cup of pre-cooked mackerel fish
  • 1/4 cup of sliced onions
  • 1/4 cup of sliced fluted pumpkin (optional)
  • 1 seasoning cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground crayfish
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried fish
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Banga spice (optional)


  1. Prepare the Meat and Fish: Use pre-cooked meat and fish to save time. If you have leftover cooked meat and fish, you can use those as well.
  2. Prepare the Banga Paste: Use pre-cooked Banga palm fruit paste to save time. If you have the time, you can prepare the palm fruit from scratch, but this will add significant time to the overall preparation.
  3. Combine the Ingredients: In a large pot, combine the pre-cooked meat, fish, Banga paste, onions, fluted pumpkin (if using), seasoning cube, salt, pepper, crayfish, dried fish, and Banga spice (if using).
  4. Simmer the Stew: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the flavors have melded together and the stew has thickened slightly.
  5. Serve: Serve the Banga Stew hot with rice, beans, or white boiled yam.

Tips and Variations:

  • To make the stew more flavorful, you can add additional spices like Cameroon pepper or cayenne pepper.
  • If you prefer a thicker stew, you can add more Banga paste or simmer the stew for a longer time.
  • You can also add other ingredients like okra or bitter leaves to the stew for added flavor and nutrition.

Keep in mind that this recipe is a significant departure from the traditional method and may not produce the same rich and complex flavor profile.

However, it can still result in a delicious and satisfying Banga Stew in a relatively short amount of time.