As far as Nigerian cuisine goes, you’ve probably heard the word ‘Banga’ being thrown around. Banga soup is hugely popular in Nigeria and throughout its neighbouring countries. So what is Banga? Banga is actually a tasty juice made from the Palm Nut, which is then used to make various dishes. We’re going to focus on Banga rice, because it is a fantastic way of making various delicacies such as stews and seafood-paella type dishes, and is a scrumptious addition to basically any dish that requires rice. Traditionally, Banga rice is actually a seafood dish, filled with those fresh ocean delights that make for a hearty, unforgettable meal. If you want to learn how to make the perfect Banga rice – follow the steps below.
If you’re using fresh palm kernels, wash and then boil the palm nut until it is extremely soft. This will take between an hour and an hour and a half. Using a mortar and pestle, pound your boiled palm nut until the skin begins separating from the nut. Using a strainer or cheese cloth, squeeze the juice from the mixture.
Scoop all the pounded nut pieces and place them in a bowl, add water and massage the mixture firmly. Use the sieve to strain the juice and then finally rinse with hot water.
Note: If you are using canned palm nut sauce, simply pour it into a large pot or wok, add two cups of water and boil for about 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
Wash your rice in hot water and add in the palm nut sauce. Stir all until evenly mixed together and then cook for about 15 minutes until the rice is ready to your liking.
Once the rice is strained, you can season it to taste with a mix of salt, pepper and various other mixed spices. If you have Banga spice, now is the time to add a good few teaspoons and then stir all the seasonings through thoroughly.
In a separate pot, cook or fry some seafood of your choice. Shrimps, dried fish and other seafood pieces will work well. You can fry up your seafood and some fresh chillies in a dash of coconut oil for added flavour.
Throw your Banga rice back into the pot, mix together with all your cooked seafood and then serve immediately.
There you have it, a delicious, almost fool-proof recipe for some scrumptious Banga rice! Seafood lovers and lovers of Nigerian-cuisine alike will be impressed by this dish. Not only this, but as far as fish recipes go, this is a fish stew to die for!