Waakye recipe


Waakye is a traditional Ghanaian dish. It is a delicious fusion of rice and beans cooked together with some spices. Waakye in the Hausa tribe means beans, Black eyed beans is mainly the beans used to prepare Waakye.

  • Yield: 6 Servings


  • 2 cups of basmati rice (washed)
  • 2 cups of black-eyed beans (washed)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon chilli pepper
  • Tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoons Dark Soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons seasoning powder or equivalent
How to Make It
  1. Pour black-eyed beans into a pot, add a generous amount of water and place on medium heat.
  2. Add half a teaspoon of baking soda and leave to cook for 20 minutes, top-up water level if it runs low.
  3. Add dark soy sauce, chilli pepper powder, chopped onions, and seasoning to beans and mix together with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add rice to beans then reduce heat.
  5. Leave to cook for approx. 20 minutes (mix every few minutes).
  6. After 20 minutes, check that rice and beans are both fully cooked then turn off the hob and dish food onto a plate.

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