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Nigerian Food: How to make Abak Atama Soup (Details)

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Nigerian Food: How to make Abak Atama Soup, Details below

Periwinkles, stockfish, Palm fruit, Atama leaves and other spices are what makes up this nutritious flavoured soup.


Beef (1/2 kilo)
Fresh or smoked fish (1 medium size)
Cow skin (10 medium pieces)
Stockfish head (1 medium head)
1 cup of Periwinkle in shell
1 small bunch of Atama leaves
Palm fruit
3 tablespoons of ground crayfish
Uyayak (local spice)
1Knorr cube
2½ litres of Water (for extraction of the oily liquid)
Salt to taste.


Wash periwinkles thoroughly. Then Wash and boil the palm fruits for about 30 minutes. Strain off the water and pound the palm fruit until the pulp/fibre separates from the nuts.
Boil some clean water and add to the pounded palm fruit and mix thoroughly to separate the oily extract from the rest of the pulp, then strain off the oily extract.
Wash, cut up and season your meat with salt, Knorr cube and small pepper, then steam for about 5 minutes on low heat. Then add about 1½ cups of water and the stockfish head and continue boiling for about 20 minutes till the meat is almost cooked, and remove from heat.
Cut the Atama leaves into very fine pieces. Pound them for about 10 minutes till the leaves are finely pounded. Then place the oily extract on the burner and allow to boil for about 5 minutes to remove all moisture.
Add cooked meat and washed smoked fish, meat stock, periwinkle, crayfish, pepper and Knorr and Uyayak. Stir and allow to boil for about 10 minutes. Add the atama leaves and boil without stirring for another 10 minutes. Stir and add salt to tast.
Allow to simmer for another 15 –10 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove from heat and serve with pounded yam, garri or cassava fufu.


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