A glimpse of how noted Ghanaian food is prepared and where it originated makes the 10 most popular foods in Ghana list. “Food is vital for the body”, as food fuels and revitalizes the soul. Ten most popular foods in Ghana will be an introduction to some of Ghana’s most delectable dishes. The spirit of the food can be experienced in every dish described here.
Below are the 10 most popular foods in Ghana, imagine the flavors as each dish is discussed.
10 MOST POPULAR FOODS IN GHANA
1.WAAKYE (wa-chay or waaki)
Waakye holds the number one spot on the ten most popular foods in Ghana list. It originated from the Northern part of Ghana. Waakye is a Hausa word meaning Beans and the dish consists mostly of beans. It is generally one of the staple street foods in Ghana. One can get Waakye at any time in the streets of Ghana. It’s made from beans, rice, and a medicinal plant (sorghum leaf sheaths) which makes most waakye red in color. This famous and popular Ghanaian delicacy can be eaten with spaghetti, gari, eggs, fish, meat, avocados, kalewele, and salad, it is eaten in all 16 regions of Ghana.
2.SPICED MILLET/CORN PORRIDGE OR HAUSA KOKOO
Hausa Kokoo originated from the Hausas and is common of households in Ghana for breakfast, whether rich or poor. It is traditional food for all socioeconomic background and thus makes the ten best foods of Ghana. It is made from fermented millet or corn, ginger, cloves, and pepper/chili. It is best served with Koose (a form of doughnut made from beans), bread, pea/groundnut and milk.
Fufu is no doubt one of the more popular side dishes in Ghana. It originated from the Akans. Fufu is best enjoyed on Sundays. CHOP BARS across Ghana serves Fufu, is a classic and not difficult to find. Fufu is also a staple food for West African countries such as Liberia, Benin, Nigeria, and the Ivory Coast and thus makes the ten popular foods of Ghana list, easily. It is made from cassava, plantain, yam or cocoyam; it is then boiled and pounded in a mortar with pestle to mix and formed into a soft, sticky, white or yellowish paste. Fufu is served with spicy tomato soup called Nkrakra or pepper soup, palm fruit/nut soup, pea/groundnut and kontomire 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 originated from the Sene-Gambian region or the Wollof people. Jollof rice is derived from the Jollof Empire, and according to reparable sources, this dish migrated from the Mali Empire. It is one of the oldest staple African dishes. Ghana’s Jollof rice is the most sort after because of its ingredients. It has become a serious debate recently on various platforms both locally and internationally, as to which countries has the best Jollof rice. Jollof rice competitions include the Jollof Festival in Washington DC and other numerous competitions organized by well-known food processing brands or companies. Jollof is normally prepared by first preparing a spicy stew with fish or meat, afterwards pour in rice and stir to mix properly. Leave it to cook for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Ingredients include rice, cooking oil, pepper/chili, tomatoes, onion, fish, meat, and spices. Jollof is served during marriage ceremonies, weddings, funeral, birthday parties, and during religious festivals.
5.ACCRA KENKEY/NKRAN DOKONO
This is another staple food of the Ga and Adangbe people. Kenkey can be found in Chop Bars and is also considered street food in Ghana. Kenkey effortlessly makes the ten most popular foods in Ghana list. Accra kenkey is created from fermented corn dough, molded into balls, and wrapped with maize/corn husk. It is served with fried fish, sardines, and hot peppers (Shito).
6.BANKU WITH TILAPIA/GRILLED FISH/FRIED FISH
Another popular food in Ghana is Banku. Rich and middle class people consider this a favorite dish. This is the only dish on the ten most popular foods in Ghana list which a specific socio background gravitate towards. It originated from the Volta and the Oti regions of Ghana. Banku is made from fermented corn and cassava dough; it is best served with grilled Tilapia. It can also be enoyed with okra/okro stew/soup, fried and smoked fish accompanied by hot grinned pepper, shito, a sliced or diced onion, tomatoes, carrots, and etc.
7.RICE BALLS OR EMO TUO
Number seven on the 10 most popular foods in Ghana list, is Emo Tuo, traditionally enjoyed nationwide on Sundays. Emu Tuo is a desirable dish best relished in pubs, restaurants/hotels, and local bars; especially mornings or afternoons. This dish is one of Ghana’s delicacies and is popular among the youth and upper-class. Emu Tuo is mostly preferred with beer or other beverages. It is made from cooked rice (hardly stirred) and then molded into balls and served with a pea/groundnut soup, palm fruit/nut soup, or light soup (Nkrakra).
8.RED RED,GARI AND BEANS (YOKE GARI)
This palatable food has proven to be a favorite among foreigners, in Ghana it is regarded as a hustler’s food because of its longevity in one’s tummy. It is a popular vegan Rastafarian dish. Red-red is made from beans and best served with fried ripe plantain, gari, bread, and plantain dumplings; Kakroo. Red-red originated from the Volta and the Oti regions of Ghana. This dish makes its mark on the ten most popular foods of Ghana list without warrant.
Kelewele is originated from the Ga and Adangbes, and is eaten as a desert. It is satisfying to one’s taste buds when pea/groundnut paste or roasted peanut is added. It is made from ripe plantain. The plantain is usually sliced into cubes and infused with spices such as clove, black pepper, ginger, and garlic which make it sweet and spicy hot. Kelewele is popular during the night along the streets and perfect for a snack.
CHINCHINGA/KYIKYINGA/SUUYA OR KEBAB
Chinchinga is affectionately known as “the ladies favorite” which gracefully places it on the ten most popular foods in Ghana. It is a noted delicacy in Ghana. A Ghanaian lady will not feel appreciated, if she does not attain Chinchinga on a date. It originated from the Hausa people, and is proportionately found around every street, in front of pubs, clubs, beaches, but is only available in the evening. It is can be made from beef, mutton, chicken, guinea fowl, or goat chevon. It is topped with powdered pepper for spiciness made from ginger, pepper, pea/groundnut, clove, black pepper, and etc. Chinchinga is marinated and served kebab style or chopped. It is a principal sustenance among the Hausa people but in Ghana it is eaten nationwide.