Wakye from Ghana: Lamb with Spicy Spinach Sauce and Ghana Shito

In Ghana, they can be found on every corner throughout the day. Ghanaian Street Food Dishes The national dish is rice and beans made with plantain leaves. This gives the whole dish a nice red color. You’ll find a variety of side dishes and toppings that vary by location and street corner. We chose egg, grilled lamb with spicy spinach sauce, peanuts, ghana shito (chili sauce with jamieeeee!) and thin spaghetti. Yes, that nice, thin spaghetti is ready in five minutes. Almost normal. The toppings are complicated, but surprisingly, they can be cooked ahead of time, frozen, and slowly consumed as ready-to-eat meals. However, the base is simply rice with beans, the rest is an illusion. Wow, great food! Oh come on… we’ll give you the rest of the recipe right away!

Street food from Africa is on the rise.

Thanks to international street food festivals, increasing in popularity, Wakye is frequently served not only with toppings but also in restaurants. Incidentally, in his homeland, Wakye is usually eaten for breakfast or lunch, depending on the mood and the amount of ingredients. More ideas for street food from our neighbors? for sure…

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You can find street food recipes from all over the world on our virtual street food market. Look around and eat your way through the world. By the way, you will find this topic again in our cooking school. Always wanted to know who invented the hot dog and how to spell it correctly? Can you read there? Look inside!

Tip: if you take the beans out of the tin, soak yourself overnight and the dish will be ready in no more than an hour without any additional or side dishes.


Wakye street food from Ghana Ghanaian shito, lamb goulash, egg and noodles on a white plate on a banana leaf.  Front view.


Street Food with Ghanaian Black-eyed Peas: Wakye with Ghanaian Shito and Lamb in Spinach and Peanut Sauce

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Wakye is probably the best bean rice recipe. It will be Ghana’s number 1 street food with a variety of dishes. West Africa on a plate!

I fought

For lamb in spicy spinach sauce

Shito for Ghana

For peanut crunch


How to cook Waakye

  1. Soak the beans in water overnight. Then drain and wash. Pour enough water in the pot to cover the beans. Now cook the beans for 15 minutes. After 5 minutes, add the vetiver leaves to the water. After 15 minutes, add rice and a little salt. If necessary, add a little water to cover everything. Cook gently with the lid on for another 15 to 20 minutes. Leave it cracked so nothing gets cooked. Remove from the oven and let stand for a short time.

How to cook lamb cabbage

  1. Goulash generally takes the longest. So you should start earlier so that your wakye doesn’t freeze completely. To do this, heat the oil in a pan. Pack the lamb goulash. Chop the red onion and fry until everything gets a strong color.

  2. Add the tomato paste and cook briefly. Add the spices and turn the heat to low. Now sauté the spinach directly in the pan.

  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and simmer the lamb until the lamb is tender, about 90 minutes. Season with pepper and salt.

For the original Ghana Shita

  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the onion in it until it turns slightly brown. This will take about 15 minutes.

  2. Clean the garlic and ginger and cut into onions. Also add scotch bonnet chilies. Sweat everything together in a short time. Mix everything together with the other ingredients until smooth.

  3. Simmer the pan over low heat for about 20 minutes until thick and black. Season with pepper and salt.

Serve your meal with a peanut crunch

  1. For the frosting, place the peanuts in a freezer bag in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Then grind it well with sugar and salt in a blender or food processor.

  2. If you feel like it, cook some eggs and thin spaghetti in the meantime to put things on full throttle. At the end they like to spice things up with some hot sauce. Otherwise, first make a wakye on a plate and spread the two sauces on it.

  3. Some fresh vegetables won’t hurt and the eggs and pasta make the meal complete! The summary is a peanut crunch, which is easy to spread on the stove.

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