This 10 most popular foods in Ghana will give you a glimpse of how some noted Ghanaian food are prepared and where it is originated. As the saying goes “Food is vital for the body”, because it is the fuel of our body, thus ital for vital, that is why it will be a privilege for you to know the 10 most popular foods in Ghana, perhaps you can give it a try if you haven’t tasted any to satisfy your body and spirit. When we deny our body food we also deny the metabolism that allows the body to grow and function well, so in short, one can say we eat to grow, but do we only eat to grow? the answer is big NO, because we also eat to feel the taste and spirit of the food ,YES, the spirit of the food, the spirit of the food is what heals and vitalize the soul, I mean what tells the mind and the soul to yearn for a particular dish, this is what most people termed Favorite dish.
Below are the 10 most popular foods in Ghana and I must say that if you haven’t tasted any of this foods, then you must be joking and missing out big time.
10 MOST POPULAR FOODS IN GHANA
1.WAAKYE (wa-chay or waaki)
There is no doubt this is the most popular food in Ghana, it is simply cooked rice and beans, waakye originated from the Northern part of Ghana, Waakye is a Hausa word meaning Beans and this food is mainly beans oriented. It is generally one of the best and most eaten staple street food in Ghana. One can get Waakye at anytime in the streets of Ghana. It’s made up of beans ,rice and a medicinal plant (sorghum leaf sheaths) which makes most waakye red in color and this famous and popular Ghanaian delicacy can be eaten with spaghetti, gari, egg, fish, meat, avocado, kalewele and salad, it is also one of the popular food widely eaten in all the 16 regions/province of Ghana.
2.SPICED MILLET/CORN PORRIDGE OR HAUSA KOKOO
Generally, this is the food or porridge almost every household in Ghana take early in the morning before any main gesture, whether rich or poor. This food is an important traditional morning and evening food for hustlers, professionals, children, adults, students and sundry. It is originated from the Northern Ghana. Kooko is also one of Ghana’s main street breakfast, this roughage can be found in every corner or street of Ghana, from the southern sector to the northern sector, it is made from fermented millet or corn, ginger, cloves and pepper, it can be served with Koose a form of doughnut made from beans, bread, pea/groundnut and milk.
Fufu is no doubt one of the most popular foods in Ghana, it is a major traditional staple food in Ghana. This staple food is mostly enjoyed on Sundays at homes. Any signboard you see in Ghana bearing the name CHOP BAR meant to be a classical fufu eatery. On the contrary, Fufu is also a common staple food for some countries in West Africa such us Liberia, Benin, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire etc. This staple and widely eaten food is originated from the modern day Ghana and perhaps the Akans, it is made from cassava, plantain, yam and cocoyam, it is then boiled and pounded in a mortar with a pestle to be mixed into a soft sticky white or yellowish paste, it is served with spicy tomato (Nrakra) , palm fruit/nut, pea/groundnut or kontomire (edible cocoyam leaves) soup.
Another popular food across Africa, though it is widely claim by Ghana and Nigeria to be the originators but as the name implies this one-pot dish is typically originated from the Sene-Gambian region or the Wollof people. Jollof rice is basically from the Jollof Empire, and according to other sources, jollof migrated from the Mali Empire, this means it is one of the oldest staple African dish. However, Ghana’s Jollof rice is the most sort after right now because of it’s concoction, it has also been a serious debate on various platforms both locally and internationally as to which country’s jollof rice is the best, whether Ghana or Nigeria, such notable platforms to highlight this jollof shows include the Jollof Festival in Washington DC and other various competitions organized by some food processing companies. Jollof is normally prepared by concocting a spicy stew with fish or meat, after you dip in the rice and stir to mix properly and leave it to cook, some major ingredients are rice ,cooking oil , pepper, tomatoes, onions, fish, meat and other preferred spices, it is mostly served during marriage ceremony or wedding, birthday, party or big occasions.
5.ACCRA KENKEY/NKRAN DOKONO
This is the staple food of the Ga and Adangbe people and one of the most 10 popular foods one could find when in Ghana. Accra kenkey is made from a fermented corn dough and it is mould into balls by wrapping it with a dried corn husk or leaves . It is served with fried fish,sardine and a hot pepper or Shito.
6.BANKU WITH TILAPIA/GRILLED FISH/FRIED FISH
This is one of our hottest 10 most popular foods in Ghana, Banku with Tilapia is now considered as rich people’s delicacy, it is one of the major foods that is mostly eating by well to do people, though it is enjoyed by everyone in Ghana but it is originated from the Volta and Oti regions of Ghana. Banku is made from fermented corn and cassava dough, it is best served with grilled Tilapia, it can also be eaten with okra/okro stew/soup, fried and smoked fish accompanied by hot grinned pepper, shito, sliced or diced onion, tomatoes, carrots etc.
7.RICE BALLS OR EMO TUO
Another banger of the 10 most popular foods in Ghana enjoyed nationwide, and especially on Sundays during leisure times. Emu tuo is another famous dish best enjoyed at places like pubs, restaurants/hotels and local bars, especially in the morning or in the afternoon. This food is a northern Ghana delicacy but it is now a popular food among the youth in Ghana and they usually enjoyed along side beer or other alcoholic beverages while watching football/soccer. It is made from cooked rice (hardly stirred), it is also mould into balls and possibly enjoyed with a pea/groundnut soup, it can also be served with palm fruit/nut soup, or light soup (Nkrakra).
8.RED RED,GARI AND BEANS (YOKE GARI)
This palatable food is mostly loved by foreigners and in Ghana it is regarded as hustlers food because of it’s longevity in one’s tummy, all that one need to do is to drink water constantly, because it really calls for water especially when one mix the beans and red oil with Gari. It is also a popular vegan food and it is made from beans, it is best served with fried ripe plantain and red oil or a form of plantain dumplings called Kakroo, it can also be eaten with gari, as I said earlier. Red-red is another most popular food in Ghana and it is originated from the Volta region of Ghana.
Mostly this food is eaten as a desert but it could still serve as a heavy food especially when pea/groundnut paste or roasted groundnut is added. It is made from ripe plantain, which is then cut into cubed or chipped shape, it is mixed with spices such us clove, black pepper ,ginger and garlic to make it sweet but spicy. Kelewele is one of the most popular food during the night and normally as a desert, it is also popular along the streets of Ghana and it is originated from the Ga and Adangbe’s.
CHINCHINGA/KYIKYINGA/SUUYA OR KEBAB
This food is called the ladies favorite and another popular delicacy in Ghana, a Ghanaian lady will not be glad if you don’t buy Chinchinga for her when you ask her out, it is almost found around every street in Ghana and in front of every pub, beer bar, club, beaches or any corner in Ghana and especially in the night. It is mostly made with beef, chicken, guinea fowl or goat and powdered pepper, the powdered pepper is made up of ginger, pepper, pea/groundnut, clove, black pepper.This powdered pepper is mostly sprinkled on this food to make it hot and spicy. This food is popularly marinated and fixed in sticks or chopped. It is a staple food among the Hausa people but in Ghana it is popular nationwide.