How To Prepare Nigerian Atama Soup (Palm Nut Soup)

Atama soup is said to be the easiest soup that can be prepared with the lowest budget, think of it as balling on a budget. All you have to do is to get the atama leaves. Those are readily available for sale in the market of course — or you could just get the leaves by yourself like my grand mother would have.

Atama soup is said to have originated from the southern part of Nigeria (Efiks/Ibibio people). Atama soup is a delicious palm nut soup that can be served occasionally (Weddings, Birthdays e.t.c) and also at home. Atama soup is very nutritious and belly-warming. The recipe is very simple and easy to follow. Many housewives use it to win back their husband’s heart after a serious quarrel.

If you are looking to learn the sorcery that is the preparation of Atama… Here you go:


  • Meat
  • Stock fish
  • Cray fish
  • Uyayak
  • Atama leaves
  • Atama seasoning
  • Palm nuts
  • Pepper
  • Fish shrimps
  • Water


  1. Boil the palm nuts till it softens. Pound or mash with finger in a bowl of water to extract the oily liquid.
  2. Boil the meat and stockfish in another pot with seasoning boil the extract oil for 5 minutes and then add the boiled meat and stockfish.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes, add the shredded Atama leaves and the uyayak and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add periwinkle, fresh fish and allow boiling for 30 minutes.

You can serve with Rice, pounded yam, Eba(garri) 0r fufu. Enjoy your Atama and let us know if you have any questions about How To Prepare Nigerian Atama Soup in the comments section below! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, and we get a commission on purchases made through our links.

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