Gold Coast as it is fondly called is one of those destinations that has managed to hold on to its culture for centuries. It is one of the most culturally rich nations in which culture reflects in its cuisine. Due to their use of locally produced crops to make mouth watering foods, people who visit Ghana return with something to talk about.
The traditional Ghanaian cuisine may resemble what you will likely find in most other parts of the African continent, but be rest assured that every other thing about it is entirely different.
Here are some awesome Ghanian foods you should taste when you visit:
Waakye And Shito:
Waakye (pronounced as wa-chayy) is a unique Ghanaian dish of rice and beans. It is usually a street-side food that can be eaten for breakfast or brunch. It can be eaten with shito (blackened Ghanaian pepper sauce/salsa) or with vegetables and other proteins.
Banku And Tilapia:
Banku is a meal prepared by fermenting corn flour, it is just like fufu and can be eaten with stews/soups. Tilapia is a freshwater fish that is very popular in Ghana. The fish is usually grilled. Both are served with Shito on the side.
One of the best things about this dish is that it is considered as a very healthy food. It aids in weight loss, boosting metabolism, improving the immune system, and aiding in keeping skin and hair healthy.
Abe Nkwan (Palm nut Soup):
Palm nut soup is a rich soup made from fresh palm nuts that is loved not just in Ghana but West Africa, Nigerians have a version they call Banga soup. The nuts are boiled, pounded to extract the juice from the nut’s meat. The process is no doubt daunting but the result is a full tummy and satisfaction.
Palm nut soup can be eaten with Omutuo (riceballs) or Kokonte. With this soup, one can take different things including starch and rice.
Ghanaians like other West Africans are big on soups. Groundnut soup is a delicious and yummy soup made from groundnuts. The soup can be served with crabs or fish (Tilapia of course!)
The ingredients needed for this Ghanaian dish are peeled groundnuts, fish, beef, palm oil, seasoning, vegetable, and grounded crayfish.
Red Red (Beans Stew) And Plantain:
Red Red has to be one of the best Ghanaian dishes hands down. It’s a beans stew made with black-eyed peas, palm oil, and seasonings to taste. The best accompaniment for this delicacy is fried plantain. Yum!
Preparing this dish is surprisingly very easy as you need to just fry the plantain and make the beans almost as regular as you would. It is the combination of the two that makes it great.
No! This isn’t about #JolloWars. Ghanian Jollof rice is another West African favorite. The delicious rice dish can be cooked plain or with mixed vegetables.
Jollof is an experience, its awesomeness cannot be explained with words. Ghanaian jollof rice is specially made with the following, red or olive oil, herbs, onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, seasoning, salt, and meat. Others include other ingredients in it.
Garden Egg Stew:
This Ghanaian dish is a personal favourite. The stew is made from the eggplant. The pulp gotten from it is cooked, seasoned and can be garnished with boiled egg, fish, chicken, you name it. The stew is popularly eaten with boiled plantain or boiled yam. Eat this with your favourite sauce accompaniment and you would agree that it is in fact eggcellent!
Garden egg stew is mostly used with yam. It is made with garden eggs, tomatoes, pepper, onion, salt and seasoning, vegetable oil, fresh tuna, green pepper, and carrots.
Kenkey, is also known as Dorkunu or Komi. It is a staple food in Ghana, made from fermented maize or cassava, and served with peppered stew. Kenkey can also be made from plantains which would generally be a healthier alternative, safe from cancer-causing toxins.
Based on your preference, Kenkey can be prepared to be sweet or sour.
When you visit do ask for a recipé. It might come in handy back home.