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Recipe: Easy Homemade Ghanaian Waakye Recipe


Introducing another bean dish, Waakye, the ultimate comfort food from Ghana that packs a punch of flavor and culture in every bite. This dish is a delectable blend of rice and black-eyed beans infused with the flavors and color of sorghum leaves (Waakye leaves) that will transport your taste buds straight to the streets of Accra.

As a true gourmet, I can attest to the complexity and depth of flavor that this dish holds, despite its simple ingredient list. The key to Ghanaian Waakye is the preparation of rice and beans. Soak the black-eyed beans for at least 4 hours to ensure they are tender and flavorful, and cook the rice to perfection, with a delicate balance of tender grains and a subtle nuttiness.

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Add some extra flair to your Waakye by incorporating the secret ingredient, West African sorghum leaves, also known as “Waakye leaves” in Ghana, “Poporo Oka” in Yoruba, and “Adako” in Togo. These leaves add a subtle earthy flavor, antioxidants, essential nutrients, and a fun reddish-brown hue. The unique reddish-brown hue it imparts is the signature color of the Waakye, making it not only delicious but also a visual treat.

The final touch of seasoning the dish with salt, seasoning cubes, and vegetable oil brings all the flavors together in perfect harmony. Served with a side of Waakye stew, gari forte, spaghetti, or fried plantains, Waakye becomes a wholesome meal that will get your taste buds dancing.

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This easy homemade Waakye recipe will guide you on how to prepare Waakye, the delicious and satisfying meal that will be a hit with the whole family. So, gather your ingredients, and let’s get cooking!

Creating a Flavor Explosion: The Waakye Recipe You’ve Been Waiting For

Source: Akan Dictionary  


  • 2 cups black-eyed beans
  • 2 cups rice
  • Water
  • Sorghum leaves (Waakye leaves) 
  • Salt to taste


Here’s a quick and easy Waakye recipe that even busy chefs can whip up in no time.

  1. Start by picking out any stones or grits from the beans and give them a quick wash.
  2. Toss the beans in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil for about 45 minutes.
  3. By this time the water in the beans would have dried up. Add more water and add salt to taste.
  4. To add some oomph to our Waakye, we add our secret ingredient, the Waakye leaves. Don’t forget to wash them.
  5. Unlock the full potential of your Waakye leaves by adding a touch of baking soda (optional) for an extra pop of color in your dish.
  6. Reduce heat and let it simmer until the beans are tender.
  7. Remove the waakye leaves.
  8. Quickly rinse the rice, and add it to the boiling pot of beans.  Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
  9. Add salt and vegetable oil to taste, and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  10. Your homemade Waakye is now ready to serve! Enjoy it with your waakye stew, fried plantains, spaghetti, garri forte, or a salad for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Watch Sweet Adjeley make Waakye. Sweet Adjeley is a beautiful Ghanaian woman who enjoys cooking in the kitchen with her kids. There’s nothing she loves more than watching people enjoy her recipes.

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Everyone can enjoy waakye! It is a versatile and delicious dish. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner choice or a comforting and satisfying meal, this recipe is sure to please. So go ahead and give it a try! 

Want to see the recipe come to life? Watch this step-by-step video tutorial.

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Mary Gialiam Elijah
Mary Gialiam Elijah
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