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!”
1hr 5mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. 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.
  2. Now bring the soaked beans to boil in 2 cups of the water in a pot. Boil for about 15 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Your waakye is ready to eat. Serve with a sauce of vegetable and fish or meat.
  5. 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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