A typical African Dish: Waakye

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A typical African Dish: Waakye

Waakye is a very popular African Ghanaian food. It is often eaten as breakfast or launch, and sold by vendors on the streets of big and small cities alike in Ghana. It is made boiling rice and beans together. Some may include tomatoes, chilli pepper, other spicy ingredients and fish, prawn or meat. Waakye is a delicious and nutritionally rich food. It has been hailed by the United nations as a combination than can help stamp out malnutrition from the world!

Like any other food, if prepared in a clean environment and eaten within minutes or a few hours of preparation, it will remain a healthy choice in terms of bacterial contamination. Waakye is rich in protein, essential vitamins, magnesium, and other micronutrients that keep us healthy. It is also a low fat meal, provided too much oil is not included during preparation.
How to Prepare Waakye

  • You can use kidney beans, red beans, or black eye peas (beans) to prepare waakye. Get about 200grams of any of these beans
  • You will also need about the same quantity of long grain rice, or slightly less amount as that of the beans.
  • Salt
  • Four to five cups of water
  • 2 pieces of Plantain (Optional)
  • A cup of Gari (Optional)
  • Macroni
  • Vegetables for side dish
  • Shito
  • Either fried fish, chicken, meet, or boiled eggs

COOKING TIME: About 1 hour
SERVINGS: 2 Servings

Soak your preferred beans in water over night in water to become soft and easy to cook. Alternatively, you can soak it for 3 – 5 hours in the morning, should you want to prepare this meal for lunch or dinner.

Now bring the soaked beans to boil in a pot after washing and cleaning the beans. Allow to boil for about 15 minutes.

Then wash your rice and add to the boiling beans and add more water. Allow the mixture to boil for about 30 minutes, adding water to achieve the desired level of tenderness.

Add salt to taste.

Your waakye is ready to eat.

To eat your waakye with fried plantain, cut the plantain in small pieces and fry for about 15 minutes in hot oil. If you adding gari, mix the gari with two tablespoon of water and serve with the waakye.

Serve with a vegetables and friend fish, meat, chicken or boiled egg.

Some would add blended tomatoes straight into the boiled mixture, curry, magi cube, chilli pepper, and a little vegetable or palm oil and allow to boil for another 10 minutes, and ready to serve as complete.

Source: African foods


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