How to Prepare Wakye: the Popular Ghanaian Rice and Beans Dish

Wakye is a popular Ghanaian dish made from a combination of rice and beans, typically served with tomato-based stew or sauce, and a variety of sides such as fried plantains, boiled eggs, and avocado. Here’s how to prepare wakye:


  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 cup of black-eyed peas or cowpeas
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Water for cooking
  • Tomato-based stew or sauce (for serving)
  • Fried plantains, boiled eggs, and avocado (for serving)


  1. Rinse the rice and beans in a colander and drain well.
  2. In a large pot, add the rice, beans, salt, and enough water to cover them by about 2 inches.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  4. Let the wakye simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the rice and beans are tender and cooked through.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Fluff the wakye with a fork or spatula, making sure to separate the rice and beans.
  7. Serve the wakye with tomato-based stew or sauce, fried plantains, boiled eggs, and avocado.


  • You can use any type of beans you prefer in this recipe, such as black-eyed peas, cowpeas, or kidney beans.
  • To add more flavor to the wakye, you can add some spices such as garlic, ginger, or onion powder to the cooking water.
  • Leftover wakye can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, microwave or steam it until heated through.

In conclusion, wakye is a delicious and filling Ghanaian dish that is perfect for a hearty meal. With some simple ingredients and easy steps, you can prepare this traditional dish in your own kitchen and enjoy it with your favorite sides.

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