Ghanaian Waakye

Cuisine Ghanaian
Servings 3


Shopping list

  • 1 can Kidney beans rinsed
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice washed

You might have

  • 1 onion peeled and roughly cut
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly cut
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and roughly cut
  • baking soda
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise


  • In a FOOD PROCESSOR, blend onion, garlic, and ginger with 1/2 cup of water until smooth.
  • In a large POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Careful of splatters, add beans, Waakye Spices [1], 1 tsp baking soda, and the liquid from the FOOD PROCESSOR.
  • Cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • Stir in rice and 2.5 cups of water. Add salt to taste. Mix well, cover, and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is cooked.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • On the plated dish, sprinkle Waakye Spices [2] to taste from a grinder or the whole peppercorns.


  • Serve Waakye with fried plantains, boiled eggs, sour cabbage salad, grilled meat, and/or sausages.
Keyword grains of paradise