Waakye is a very popular 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.


Four to five cups of water

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. 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, and ready to serve as complete.

You can buy rice and beans online here to prepare your waakye.

Useful Links

African foods online shop

Waakye and other Ghanaian Foods

African Recipes


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