Waakye (Rice & Beans)


 

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                        (Pronounced “waa-che”)

 

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Waakye (Rice & Beans)
Waakye is a rice and beans dish that is a complete delicacy for most Ghanaians. We typically eat it with tomato stew and shitto (don’t make fun of the name!) with some kind of meat and salad.
Prep Time 75 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 5 Cups Rice (Preferably Basmati or Jasmine)
  • 3 Cups Water (You can add some more to make it softer)
  • 1 Pound Beans (Black-Eyed Peas)
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
Prep Time 75 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 5 Cups Rice (Preferably Basmati or Jasmine)
  • 3 Cups Water (You can add some more to make it softer)
  • 1 Pound Beans (Black-Eyed Peas)
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Boil your beans in 5 cups of water for 30 minutes using medium to high heat on your stove settings.
  2. Add in your 5 cups of rice and 2 cups of water.
  3. Add baking soda and salt right after your add in the rice and water above.
  4. NOTE: When it’s boiling, watch it because it could be boiling over because of the introduction of the baking soda.
  5. Cook the waakye at medium heat with constant stirring every 10 minutes for 30-45 minutes (or until the rice is soft to the touch).
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24 thoughts on “Waakye (Rice & Beans)

  1. Tanya

    Sounds like a wonderful dish. I could definitely whip this up in a jiffy for dinner. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      If ever you do whip it up let me know how it goes? Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Erica

    Looks tasty!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    Is this similar to Peas & Rice?? Reminds me of the Caribbean. Great tasting side dish for so many things.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Gloria, I really do think it was carried over when our brothers were moved over to the Caribbean. Thanks for stopping again, you rock!

  4. Corina

    Rice and beans is a great side dish! A lovely way of making rice a little bit more interesting.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Yes Corina, it does make rice more interesting! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Lynn | The Road to Honey

    Oh boy! You beat me to the punch. That name! But it just goes to show you how names/words carry across cultures. Anyhow it looks delicious. I am always looking for tasty meals to serve when I have my vegetarian friends over for dinner. . .so definitely going to need to keep this in mind (of course I won’t tell them the authentic name for the black pepper sauce. . .well at least not until after the meal 😉 )

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Lol… It will be a great dish for your vegetarians and its quite filling. Thanks for stopping by Lynn!

  6. Marie-Pierre Breton

    This is great! although Shitto really? hihih

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Lol Marie-Pierre. Yes, that’s the name and its delish. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    What a tasty side dish, a real change to rice on its own. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Thanks Sarah!

  8. jacquee | i sugar coat it!

    OK, I laughed at the name before you said not to…hehe. This sounds similar to a dish my grandmother makes, but we call it rice and peas (although it’s really beans. 🙂

    1. Fred Nonterah

      🙂 Thanks for stopping by Jacquee!

  9. April

    Fred, this sounds good but does the recipe have spaghetti in it? Sorry, just asking. It looks like spaghetti in the picture. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      It does April, and no need to apologize. Spaghetti and gari are the sides that are normally served with waakye. 🙂

  10. Emily

    This version of rice and and beans from Ghana looks delicious!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Thanks Emily!

  11. Katrin

    This recipes looks very yummy indeed!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Thanks Katrin!

  12. Evi

    Love rice and beas, eat them all the time in Nigeria. My best friend is Ghanian I will try your recipe and make it for her!!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Wow!!! Let me know how it goes when you try it… Thanks for stopping!


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