Waakye – Ghanian Rice & Beans – Guest Post

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Last Updated on May 19, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Waakye – Ghanian Rice & Beans – Guest Post – Wakkye is a popular rice and beans street food from Ghana, often had for breakfast.

 

Waakye - Ghanian Rice & Beans - Guest Post

 

As you know, this blog is all about highlighting the foods of different cultures around the world. To that end, I have invited Fred from Simply African Meals to share a little bit about his culture.

Waakye is a popular street food in Ghana. Let’s let him tell you about it!


The word alone makes my mouth water , it is a popular street food in Ghana that you’ll see on almost any street corner.  I remember sometimes how I’ll have discussions with my friends about how the Waakye at home tasted so different than what was on the street. I will always wake quite early everyday and call up my friends so we can go to Ms Hawowo for our waakye breakfast. I know what you’re thinking, but Fred isn’t that kind of heavy for breakfast? Once we have that for breakfast we’re not going to eat until dinner time.

Waakye, is a Ghanaian favorite dish made out of beans and rice with some spices. Although sometimes it is cooked using spices such as maggi (bouillon cubes) or local green vegetables, this is a simple preparations though just as delicious. The beans used are normally black-eyed peas, some use red or pinto beans. It is usually served with Shitto (West African hot sauce), Gari (ground cassava), Talia (Spaghetti) 🙂 and your choice of a hardboiled egg, meat or fish; some people eat it with all three.

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Now that’s a healthy and hearty way to start the day!

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Waakye – Ghanian Rice & Beans – Guest Post

Course: Rice
Cuisine: African
Servings: 6
Calories: 653.04kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of black eyed peas pinto or red kidney beans can also be used
  • 5 cups of rice
  • 1 tablespoon of baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Instructions

  • Boil your beans in 5 cups of water for 30 minutes on medium high heat.
  • Add rice and 2 cups of water.
  • Add baking soda and salt right after your add in the rice and water.
  • When it’s boiling, watch it because it may boil over because of the introduction of the baking soda.
  • Adjust flame as needed if it boil over.
  • Cook the waakye at medium heat with constant stirring every 10 minutes for 30-45 minutes, until the rice is tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 653.04kcal | Carbohydrates: 143.16g | Protein: 12.97g | Fat: 1.21g | Saturated Fat: 0.32g | Sodium: 633.93mg | Fiber: 3.78g | Sugar: 2.27g
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Isn’t that a fabulous way to celebrate breakfast!!!

Ghana has so much more to offer and let’s take a look at the other Ghanian Recipes I’ve previously presented!

Ghanian Recipes

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  1. Moyosore

    If am nt getting the redness from the rice during boiling what can i do to rectify it or to add mpre reddness to it.
    And can i still add baking soda

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