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Waakye (pronounced waa-chay) is a Ghanaian dish of cooked rice and beans. It is cooked using many of the methods without additional spices and herbs. The rice is cooked with an indigenous leaf (sorghum leaf sheaths) and black eyed peas (indigenous) or kidney beans (originally from the Americas). It is commonly prepared in the home but it is also sold by roadside vendors. It is a very popular dish in Ghana; Waakye is one of the most common dishes consumed throughout the regions.[2] A typical waakye meal usually consists of the cooked rice and beans, stew, some spaghetti [spaghetti is not part of any authentic Ghanaian dish] and most gari (both of which are sometimes mixed with oil from the stew), boiled eggs, stewed meat or stewed/fried fish, stewed wele (cooked-down cowhide) and vegetable salad (which may include cabbage, onions and tomatoes). It may also be eaten with kelewele (fried plantain). It originated from the northern parts of Ghana.

Ghanaian Wache (Waakye) cuisine food.jpg
Place of origin Ghana[1]
Created byThe people of northern Ghana
Serving temperaturemostly hot
Main ingredientsbeans, rice, vegetable oil, gari


The dish consists of rice, millet stalk, cow pea beans or red beans, cow skin (wele), tomatoes and tomato paste, onions, salt, spices (such as nutmeg, ginger, cumin) and chili peppers), vegetable oil; optional ingredients can be added such as vegetables, meats, or fish; and salt or other seasoning of choice.

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  1. ^ "Waakye: A popular dish from Ghana made with rice and beans". Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  2. ^ Adam, Hakeem. "A Brief History of Waakye, Ghana's Favourite Breakfast". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2019-03-05.