How to Prepare Delicious Palmnut Soup: A Step-by-Step Guide

Palm nut soup, also known as abenkwan or banga soup, is a delicious soup made from palm nuts, vegetables, and meat or fish. It is a popular dish in West Africa, especially in Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to prepare palm nut soup:


  • 2 cups of palm nuts (fresh or canned)
  • 1 pound of beef, goat meat, or chicken
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of ground crayfish (optional)
  • 2-3 chili peppers, chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 cups of chopped vegetables (spinach, kale, or bitter leaves)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water


  • Large pot
  • Blender
  • Wooden spoon


  1. If using fresh palm nuts, boil them in water for about 45 minutes to an hour or until they are tender. Drain the water and rinse the nuts with cold water.
  2. Remove the outer layer of the palm nuts by rubbing them with your hands. If using canned palm nuts, skip this step.
  3. Blend the palm nuts with 2-3 cups of water in a blender until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any lumps or fibers. Add more water if necessary.
  4. In a large pot, cook the meat with some salt, chopped onion, garlic, and ginger until browned. Add enough water to cover the meat and simmer until tender.
  5. Add the palm nut mixture to the pot and stir well. Add more water if necessary to get the desired consistency.
  6. Add the ground crayfish and chili peppers (if using) to the pot and stir well.
  7. Simmer the soup for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the soup thickens.
  8. Add the chopped vegetables to the pot and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve the palm nut soup hot with fufu, banku, or rice.


  • You can use any meat or fish of your choice.
  • You can also add other vegetables like carrots or green beans to the soup.
  • If the soup is too thick, you can add more water to get the desired consistency.
  • Palm nut soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

In conclusion, palm nut soup is a delicious and nutritious soup that is easy to prepare. With its rich and creamy texture and flavorful taste, it is a perfect dish for any occasion. Follow this recipe and enjoy the delicious taste of palm nut soup.

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