How to prepare Palm Nut Soup

By Maame Aba Afful
How to prepare Palm Nut Soup
How to prepare Palm Nut Soup

Palm Nut soup, a delicacy made from Palm fruits is enjoyed by many for its delicious taste and satisfying nature.

Although preparing Palm Nut soup originally can be quite tedious and may take a while, all the effort is well worth it.

Follow these steps to learn how to prepare Palm nut soup the right way

How to prepare Palm Nut SoupHow to prepare Palm Nut Soup

Ingredients for palm nut soup
1 Olonka of palmnuts
1 Kilo Cowfeet
2 lb Meat
7 Round Crabs
2 Smoked Salmons
6 Onions
10 Tomatoes
6 Garden Eggs
15 kpakpo shito pepper
2 Ginger (thumb size)
6 Garlic cloves
3 Maggi cubes

How to prepare Palm Nut soup

-Pick out husks from Palm fruit and wash with clean water.
-Place in a large pot and boil for about 45 minutes to an hour until it is soft enough to fall off the nut when squeezed between you thumb and fore finger.
-In the meantime wash and cut cowfeet and meat into small pieces.

-Blend ginger, garlic,and 1 onion. Pour the mix over the cowfeet and meat. Crumble 1 maggi cube over it and steam.Allow it to cook until meat softens.
-Clean the salmon and set aside. This will be the very last thing to go in since it is very soft and we dont want it breaking apart in the soup.
-Add the tomatoes, garden eggs, pepper and the rest of the onions and bring to a boil.

-Pound the palm fruits in a mortar until it looks fibrous and the black kernels are loose.
-Pour it all out into a large bowl add about a litre of hot water. The water shouldn't be so hot that you cant put your hand into it. The heat from the water will help to seperate the edible part of the palmnut from the fibers and kernels. So using your hand, take the fiber part bit by bit and squeeze the liquid out and set aside. Then remove the kernels, shaking off the liquid back into the bowl. Keep doing this until you have mostly liquid with a few fibers in it.
-Now place a colander over a pot or bowl and gently pour the palmnut mixture into it. Rinse out the colander and place over a different pot or bowl and gently repeat the process. Do this 3 or 4 times till you have no bits in the bottom of the pot/bowl.

-Now pour it over the steaming meat and let it continue to cook over a high fire.

-Remove the tomatoes and pepper and mash using a colander, then add it to the big pot of goodness.

-Skin and deseed the garden eggs and blend as well.
-Lastly, blend and add the onions. Add the remaining 2 cubes and some salt according to your taste. Check how tender the cowfeet and meat are. When they are soft enough, add the crabs.
-Add the salmon at this stage and reduce the heat. Stir carefully so you dont break the fish. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes longer and it is ready.

Palm Nut soup can be served with Fufu, Banku, Rice balls, Yam, Eba, etc.

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