I’m sure you must have read Harry’s previous post about different dishes across Africa. If you haven’t, you can gobble-it-up here.

It’s one thing to know about the different meals from the East to West of Africa, it’s another to TASTE Africa. If you’re keen, you can try your hands at one of our favourite ones and become our very own Chef {insert your name here}

So without further ado, I present to you Chef Elijah Amoo Addo’s Recipe for Waakye. It’s simple and oh so yummy!

HOW TO PREPARE WAAKYE WITH FRIED FISH

Tip! – Begin by soaking the beans overnight. You will find that it not only softens them and reduces cooking time, but it makes it easier to pick out stones and dead beans.

Image from Belle Full
Image from Belle Full

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of Brown rice
  • 3 cups of red beans
  • 3 millet stalks
  • 3 medium-sized Tilapia
  • 1 pound of wele (cow skin) cut into sizeable pieces
  • 8-10 medium-sized Tomatoes
  • 2 large Onions
  • 8-10 Peppers (depending on your preferred level of heat)
  • Cooking oil
  • 2 Maggi/ Knorr Cubes
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  • Begin by  soaking the beans overnight. Ideally all unwanted particles in the beans must be removed and washed to reduce the cooking time
  • Boil beans in a large saucepan with enough water
  • Remove all tilapia scales and fins. Cut tilapia into desirable sizes and wash thoroughly
  • Season the tilapia with salt, Knorr cubes and black pepper to add flavour and leave for up to 15 minutes before frying. (Alternatively, you can season and allow marinate overnight)
  • Wash millet stalks to remove any dirt or dust. Wash quickly to avoid the colour running
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Image from Ndudy by Fafa

 

  • Cut them into lengths of 3 to 4 inches and add to the boiling beans
  • Pick through the brown rice and carefully examine that it is free from husks and stones
  • Wash the brown rice, drain all water and remove the millet stalks before adding the rice to the beans when its soft
  • Add water to the mixture depending on how soft you want it and cover to cook.
  • Add salt and stir
  • Blend tomatoes and pepper and strain using a colander
  • Blend garlic and ginger
  • Put 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in saucepan, add chopped onions and stir
  • Add blended garlic and ginger, when the edges of the onion turns golden brown
  • After 2-3 minutes, add blended tomatoes, pepper and wele. Depending on how tough your wele is, you can add a cup or two of water
  • Cook and allow to cook until the sauce thickens and the oil settles on top
  • Add salt and Knorr cubes, allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes
  • Put oil in frying pan. When the oil is very hot, add tilapia
  • Turn the tilapia with a spatula until all parts of the tilapia are fried
  • When it is evenly cooked, remove from the oil and drain on paper towels
  • Garnish your plate with raw onions
  • Serve waakye with stew and tilapia

Serve and enjoy!

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Try this recipe out and upload your pictures with the hashtag #TrekBuyFlyFood and your comments below!

– Sally
sally@trekbuyfly.com

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