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Ghanaian Wache (Waakye) cuisine food.jpg
Type rice
Place of origin Ghana[1]
Created by The people of northern Ghana
Serving temperature mostly hot
Main ingredients beans, rice, leaves
Cookbook: Waakye  Media: Waakye

Waakye is a Ghanaian dish of cooked rice and beans. This dish is strikingly similar to the West Indian version, 'rice and peas'. Cooked using many of the same methods minus additional spices and herbs in the West Indian version. The rice is cooked with an indigenous leaf and black eyed peas (indigenous) or kidney beans (originally from the Americas). It is commonly prepared in the home, but is also sold by roadside vendors. [2] It is a very popular dish in Ghana[3]

Waakye is mostly eaten for breakfast, lunch or supper. 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 moist 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.

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  1. ^ "Waakye: A popular dish from Ghana made with rice and beans". irri.org. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "A typical African Dish: Waakye". afroeuro.org. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ghana Mobile: Waakye, Apps & Improving Africa". idgconnect.net. Retrieved 30 August 2013.