Discover The True Taste Of Ghana: Authentic Waakye Recipe

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Classic Ghana Waakye Recipe

Waakye is a popular Ghanaian dish made with rice and beans, cooked in a rich tomato sauce with spices. The dish is typically served with boiled eggs, fried plantains, and some sort of protein like fried fish or chicken. Here is a classic waakye recipe that you can try at home:


Authentic & Flavourful Ghanaian Waakye Recipe
Authentic & Flavourful Ghanaian Waakye Recipe

2 cups of rice
1 cup of black-eyed peas
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of ginger, grated
1 teaspoon of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 teaspoon of curry powder
1 teaspoon of paprika
Salt and pepper to taste


Wash the rice and black-eyed peas thoroughly and soak them in water for at least 4 hours or overnight.
In a large pot, heat some oil and sauté the onions, garlic, and ginger until fragrant.
Add the tomato paste, thyme, curry powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few minutes until the spices are fragrant.
Add the soaked rice and black-eyed peas to the pot and stir to coat them in the spice mixture.
Add enough water to cover the rice and beans, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice and beans are cooked through.
Serve the waakye hot with boiled eggs, fried plantains, and your choice of protein.

Waakye Salad Recipe

For a fresh and light twist on the classic waakye dish, try making a waakye salad. This recipe combines the flavors of waakye with fresh vegetables and a tangy dressing for a delicious and nutritious meal.


2 cups of cooked waakye
1 cucumber, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 tomato, diced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl, combine the cooked waakye, cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, red onion, and cilantro.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat all the ingredients.
Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
Serve the waakye salad cold as a refreshing and light meal on a hot day.