By Damilola Faustino
Ghanaian cuisine is a key feature of the Ghanaian culture. The cuisine sees a major use of starchy food which is the staple food of the people of Ghana. Some of the starchy foods that form a part of the cuisine include cassava and plantain; maize, yam, as well as beans. Here, we discuss Ghanaian cuisines you must try.
Jollof rice is the most disputed food in West Africa. Jollof is a pot dish of rice prepared with tomato sauce and served with meat or fish. The rice soaks up the juicy flavours and turns orange when cooking, and is a national favourite that can be found in most restaurants or dished out by street vendors at affordable prices.
Banku and tilapia
When you see fish being grilled on the streets of Accra it is most likely to be tilapia, a delicacy among Ghanaians, who spice then grill the succulent freshwater fish. It complements banku, a Southern mix of fermented corn and cassava dough, and very hot pepper, diced tomatoes and onions. Banku is one of the main dishes of the people who live by the Ghanaian coast.
Kenkey and fried fish
Kenkey is another corn-based staple similar to banku, that is made by moulding fermented corn dough into balls and wrapping them around drying corn leaves, which are then boiled. The meal is served with hot pepper sauce, fried crabs, octopus or fish and is a delicacy of the Accran people.
No list of traditional Ghanaian foods would be complete without this savoury side dish. Kelewele is an instant favourite among anyone who tries it, even those who aren’t big fans of peppery food. Usually sold as a snack or side dish all over Accra, it is made by frying soft plantains that have been soaked in pepper, ginger and garlic. The aroma is crisp and strong, while the pleasant plantain adds some sweetness to the sour.
Waakye is another food that exhibits Ghanaians’ creative use of rice. The recipe is a combination of beans and rice and was originally a Northern Ghanaian dish, but it can now be found almost everywhere on the streets of Accra.
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