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Have you ever heard of Atama soup?

Do you wanna try it?

Well, we’ve got you covered as this article will show you how to how to prepare Atama soup making use of Abak.

Atama soup is a type of soup made with a vegetable called Atama, it’s native to the Efiks/Ibibio people of southern Nigeria. It is a very delicious soup which is similar to Banga soup the difference is the Atama leaves which give the soup its unique taste and aroma, this vegetable is also known as Beletete in Delta state. The soup can be prepared using Abak, Egusi, and Okra. In this article, we will focus on using Abak.

What is Abak?

Abak is the extract gotten from the Palm fruit.


  • Palm fruits
  • Atama leaves
  • Pomo
  • Crayfish
  • Stockfish
  • Pepper
  • Smoked/dry fish
  • Periwinkle in shell
  • Beef
  • Seasonings
  • Salt



STEP 1: Wash the palm fruits properly. Place the palm fruits in a pot of water and boil till they are soft. Remove the palm fruits from the pot, place them in a mortar, and pound till the shafts are separated from the nuts. Add warm water and sieve the shaft from the oily extract.

STEP 2:  Slice the Atama leaves.  Then put the pomo and meat in the pot add seasoning, boil till the meat is soft then add the dry fish.

STEP 3:  Blend the pepper and crayfish.

STEP 4; Pour the oily extract into a pot and allow it to boil. When it boils add the meat and seasoning, add the crayfish and pepper.

STEP 5: Add the sliced Atama leaves to the content in the pot. Allow it to boil a little then add the periwinkle. Don’t stir after adding the periwinkles you should allow it to simmer on high heat before you stir.

With just these five steps you have your ATAMA SOUP. Serve with any swallow of your choice.

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