African Recipes

How to prepare Waakye

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How to prepare Waakye

How To Prepare Waakye. Waakye is one of the most popular street foods in Ghana. Many families buy waakye from a popular street vendor rather than cook it at home, most likely due to the long time in preparation.

I’m this recipe, I will give a simple guide which is easy and will get your waakye done in just few minutes.

 

Waakye is a dish originally from the Northern part of Ghana. Traditionally it is just white rice cooked with black eye peas and salt petre

/baking soda, which gives it a brownish color.

However, someone decided to add sorghum leaves along the way, and now everyone knows waakye to be a very tasty and healthy meal.

Learn How to Prepare Waakye with ease.

 

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WHAT MAKES WAAKYE SPECIAL?

Waakye is served with a variety of condiments that makes it a special Ghanaian cuisine.

Waakye is usually served in plantain leaves and eaten with a lot of condiments.

These condiments include tomato stew, shitɔ, coleslaw/salad, egg (because it’s a Ghanaian meal), spaghetti, which we call talia, gari (cassava couscous), kelewele, and cow skin or fried fish.

 

WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO MAKE WAAKYE?

Beans: You can use raw black eye peas. These beans are sold in grocery stores or markets.

Sorghum leaves: Sorghum stalks are found in Ghanaian grocery stores or market. Traditionally, waakye is not made with sorghum leaves; however, if you can, please do use it. It adds a lot of nutrients,

Baking Soda/Salt Petre (Potassium Nitrate): Baking soda or Salt Petre is essential in this recipe. It makes the beans cook faster and softer.

 

 

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

1 cups dry of black-eyed peas

3 cups rice(Any rice of choice)

5 cups of water

A pinch of salt

1 tsp baking soda/kaun

6 sorghum/Millet leaves

2 teaspoon coconut/vegetable oil(optional)

 

 

DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO PREPARE WAAKYE

Soak the beans overnight(This step is optional). If you are using baking soda or kaun, you can skip this step.

Wash and drain the beans and the sorghum stems using a colander.

In a large saucepan, cook the beans with the sorghum stems at medium-low with 4 cups of water and oil. Then add the baking soda/kaun

Boil the mixture until the water changes to purple color and the beans are partially cooked.

At this point, remove the sorghum stems( This step is optional). Then add in your rice of choice and salt to taste. Mix all together

Cover pan with lid and cook rice until tender for about 20-25 minutes. You can add a little water if rice is still hard.Remove from heat when cooked.

Serve Waakye with Shito or Tomato stew or Beef sauce or Pepper Sauce with various toppings such as fried fish, eggs, gari, any meat of choice.

 

MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE,BUT BY EVERY WORD(JESUS) THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.kjv

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