Waakye is one of the most popular meals in Ghana.
The only thing more popular than Waakye in Ghana is Ghana Jollof (to be honest I think it’s just okay but what do I know?)
Waakye is a staple rice dish which is cooked with rice, red or black-eyed beans and dried millet leaves.
It is sold at almost every local food spot in Ghana. It can be eaten as breakfast, lunch and even dinner.
Waakye originated from the Northern part of Ghana where rice and beans are staple food crops.
Hence why Northern/Muslim women just tend to make the best Waakye (I know because I only buy from them and it’s amazing).
Why is Waakye special?
Every body loves a good Waakye meal, it’s always available and the combination of rice and beans with shito (black pepper) is an obvious taste of heaven in your mouth.
Doubt us? Check out the #waakyewednesday hash tag on Instagram, okay here is why we absolutely love Waakye.
It is always available
There is a Waakye joint everywhere, on almost every street, chop bar and food spot in Ghana. You can get it in the morning, afternoon and night. Even high end restaurants sell Waakye!
Balanced diet for cheap
A well-rounded Waakye dish contains all 7 classes of food, including water because all that shito will make you very thirsty. Did we mention you get all this for cheap! With just 6 cedis/ 300 naira/ $1.25 you can enjoy a full Waakye dish.
Waakye – 2 cedis
Garri and Macroni – 1 cedi
Fish or Wele/ boiled eggs – 2 cedis
Leaves – 1 cedi
It’s just awesome
More than anything else we love Waakye simply because it is just awesome, offer so much for less and it’s really tasty. I assume it will be difficult to make at home but you don’t need to worry about that because it’s everywhere and did we mention its super filling.
Here is a recipe anyway.
If you are new in Ghana, visiting for the first time or you simply are skeptical about new food, you need to try Waakye.
Waakye is absolutely fool-proof, it is important to make sure you buy from healthy spots and if you have a Obroni stomach make sure to stick to little or no black pepper (kpakposhito).
Tips to buying the best Waakye
If you are looking for the ultimate Waakye experience, check out this blog post by food blogger Naa Oyoo Quartey. She offers insider tips on finding and tasting the best Waakye.
Are you a Waakye fanatic? share your favorite Waakye spot with us. Tried Waakye recently? Share your thoughts with us.
Thank you for visiting the blog today.Until next time, Love Beautiful Almond