Ghana is made up of diverse cultures. It’s expected, considering the numerous ethnic groups in the country. As a result, there are different approaches towards societal issues vary. However, there is always that bond of togetherness at the end of the day and a lot of traces. That’s what makes us proudly Ghanaian.
We show love, lots of it, we are so accommodating, we always want peace to reign and we love unity irrespective of where we are. We have another common bond too; our common but delicious and healthy local dishes which we enjoy anywhere at and anytime. If you’ve probably not visited Ghana before, get ready to enjoy these mouth-watering local dishes of ours:
FUFU WITH GOAT MEAT SOUP
Visit the in-lands of the country, specifically the Ashanti, Eastern and Brong Ahafo Regions and you’ll realize that a wife might be slapped by her husband if this food isn’t ready by 6pm daily. The people love this food and it’s the enthusiasm with which they enjoy the food that has made us love it too. Made from cassava, plantain and goat meat with soups like light soup, groundnut soup and palm nut soup, fufu is a rich source of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. My northern folks prefer their fufu made from yam with the same goat meat soup. The value is still the same. There’s a lot of energy you get from eating fufu, and that’s probably why you find a lot of chop bars serving this food on their menus.
Originally a dish from the northern regions of Ghana, Waakye has come to stay. Don’t be worried if your employee is distracted at work between the hours of 09:00 GMT and 11:00 GMT. This is the perfect brunch every Ghanaian wants to have. It’s made from a combination of rice and beans. Once ready, enjoy it with stew or shito, gari, and spaghetti. Preferably add an egg, fish, meat and local salad made from vegetables. Are you having an appetite for the food already? Get ready to join long queues on our streets then.
It has lots of names depending on location. I prefer “g)b3” or “y)) k3 gari”. My folks on various university campuses will attest to the fact that this dish is a lifesaver for students. If you love low budgeted but tasty meals look no further. It’s originally made from boiled cowpea beans mixed with gari and palm oil. To make it even tastier, add soft fried plantains. Wow! It’s super tasty and a rich source of proteins and vitamins. This is a good dish for vegetarians. And o, enjoy this meal any time of the day.
BOILED YAM OR PLANTAIN WITH KONTOMIRE STEW AND KOOBI
This dish is a perfect definition of Ghana in one plate. Yam is from the north of Ghana or, plantain from the inlands as well as “kontomire”, a local vegetable from mainly the south of Ghana and “koobi” made from tilapia gotten from freshwater everywhere in Ghana. It’s a rich source of carbohydrates and vitamins as well as proteins and is enjoyable as lunch or supper. Preferably, add boiled egg and avocado. Yummy!
KENKEY WITH HOT PEPPER AND FRIED FISH
Originally enjoyed by the Gas in the coastal part of Ghana, kenkey with pepper and fish now a nationwide dish. It is cooked with corn dough and enjoyed with pepper sauce and fried fish. It is a good source of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins and it is so affordable on our streets. Enjoy this meal at any time of the day.