Waakye Ghanaian food is a traditional meal made of cooked rice and beans. It is served along with waakye stew. It is believed to have originated from the Northern people. In Ghana, Waakye is the staple food for many people.
Traditionally, it was simply boiled and cooked together. But with time, many cooking methods have been invented making the process of cooking fun. With or without the addition of flavors to the aroma, waakye still has a unique and appetizing taste.
Recipe for Waakye
A good waakye stew recipe is simple and uses readily available waakye ingredients in the market. You can spice up your waakye by adding spaghetti or substitute the waakye stew with meat or fish stew.
- 1 cup of red-kidney beans
- 2 cups of long grain rice, washed.
- 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda
- 2 millet stalks
- Salt for taste
- Soak your red-kidney beans overnight before cooking in order to soften them up.
- Put your beans in a pot and add four cups of water.
- Add the millet stocks so as bring the desired reddish color that defines waakye Ghanaian food style.
- Add the bicarbonate of soda to the mixture and bring to a boil.
- After 30 minutes, check the texture of the beans. If they can be easily smashed by your fingers, it’s time to wash your long grain rice.
- Add two more cups of water to the boiled beans.
- Add your long grain to the mixture and stir thoroughly to ensure even distribution.
- Add salt to taste.
- Reduce to low heat and cover with aluminum foil to prevent the rice from burning.
- Set aside the waakye, and start preparing ingredients for the waakye stew.
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Ghanaian Waakye Stew
Waakye can be cooked for either breakfast, lunch or even dinner. There is room for creativity when it comes to cooking waakye. Most people prefer to cook an accompanying Ghana waakye stew which is basically a tomato stew.
Waakye Stew Ingredients
- 1 Kg meat, diced and boiled
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 2 Large tomatoes, diced
- 100g tomato paste
- 3 cloves of ginger, crushed
- 2 cups stock water
- 50g ginger, grated
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 50 ml dark soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Salt to taste
- Add the olive oil in a hot pan. When the oil is hot, add the pre-boiled meat to the pan and fry until a crisp brown color forms
- Add curry powder early if you do not like the raw taste it brings.
- Add your onions, cumin, ginger and garlic to the pan and stir thoroughly to ensure all the flavors are coated to the meat.
- Add your freshly diced tomatoes to the mixture. Add the tomato paste and stir evenly to prevent coating at the bottom of the pan.
- Cover the pan and let the meat simmer for close to two minutes.
- After two minutes, remove the cover and add the stock water obtained after boiling the meat and add the bay leaves.
- Once a thick soup has formed and the stew looks dark, remove the stew from the heat.
- Serve immediately while hot with the waakye.
Waakye and the waakye stew constitute a fully balanced diet with proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates. The red-kidney beans are rich in antioxidants which absorb unwanted fats stored in the pores of your skin, thus giving you a healthy and fresh skin. It has fiber that aid in digestion to prevent constipation. The meal also cuts down the blood sugar levels thus is useful for people living with diabetes. Also eating waakye regularly has been proven to reduce the chances of coronary heart disease.
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