Ghanaian Waakye (Beans and Rice)

"Waakye is a very popular Ghanaian food. It is often eaten as breakfast or lunch, 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. I got this recipe from the African Foods website. There are a couple of suggestions at the end of the recipe.I did NOT include the soaking time for the beans. Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • 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 2 cups of the water in a pot. 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. Salt to taste.
  • Your waakye is ready to eat. Serve with a sauce of vegetable and fish or meat.
  • 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.

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  1. This is not waakye, this is not Ghanaian . This is beans with mushed rice . We Ghanaians appreciate you liking the culture but please ... this is embarrassing
  2. Uhm NOPE! I’m not sure what you think this is, but waakye it is not! Maybe you should give it your own name instead of passing it off as waakye! Imagine me trying to make an Irish stew and trying to pass off oxtail soup as that dish! Please, delete this and spare yourself any further embarrassment!
  3. For such a simple recipes, I was surprise by how much I loved it! I went back for seconds and thirds. I used black-eyed peas, which I have never tried believe it or not. I LOVED them!! The directions were perfect. I just kept adding water, 1 cup at a time, while the black-eyed peas and rice were boiling to make sure they cooked the full amount of time, then waited until most water was cooked off before serving. Yummy, easy side dish or main dish for a vegetarian. Made during ZWT7 for the Golden Gourmets.


I love great food and I particularly like trying cuisines new to me! Although I don't prepare as much food as I used to, creating in my kitchen is still one of my favourite things to do. Enjoy!
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