Abak Atama Soup is a delicious African food also known as palm nut soup. The use of the Atama leaves which gives the Atama soup nuts distinctive taste and aroma. The leaf is a vegetable with a strong aroma.
1kg Assorted meat (Beef, Pomo, bush meat, goat meat)
Medium Dried/Smoked fish (optional)
Stocked fish (optional)
1-cup periwinkle in shell
1 bunch Atama leaves
Palm Nut fruit Juice/ Palm Kernel Fruits
3 tablespoon of ground crayfish
Seasoning ((Jumbo Chicken Stock Powder)
1 tablespoon Uyayak (local spice)
1 small onion
Scotch bonnet or Chili pepper (to taste)
Salt (to taste)
Before Cooking Abak Atama Soup
Chop the small onion. Wash and boil the meat, stockfish together with half seasoning, chopped onions, and salt to taste. Let the meat boil in its own juice for 4-5 minutes, then add little water and leave to boil until tender and place aside.
Cut and pound or slice the Atama leaves finely and place in a bowl. Cut a little piece of the tail end of the periwinkle remove the intestine, then wash thoroughly to remove all the mud.
If you are making use of fresh palm kernel (nut), boil for 30 minutes and check to see if the skin soft. Then, pound lightly in a mortar to extract the oil and make sure you do not break the nuts while pounding. Add in some hot water and strain the extract through a sieve.
Place a pot on the gas cooker and add the palm kernel. Boil until it thickens and the oil rises to the top. In addition, if you are using the canned palm nut pulp, pour into a cooking pot and heat until the oil begins to rise to the top.
Add the meat stock into the pot of palm nut pulp, the less stock you add, the thicker the soup would be. Leave to boil for 8-10minutes. Now, add the periwinkle, assorted meat, stockfish, and dried/smoked fish. Mix well and add ground crayfish, ground Uyayak, seasoning, and pepper to taste. Cover and leave for about 7 minutes.
You can now pour the fresh fish and cook until the fish is done. Add Atama leaves and salt to taste, leave to simmer for about 3 minutes, mix well and the African food is calling; serve your Abak Atama Soup.