Waakye Stew

In Ghana Waakye is a well known rice dish, the rice is cooked with black eyed peas and the dish is characterised by its burgundy or brown color. Waakye can be eaten with many condiments and it even has its own stew! This rich and savoury stew pairs perfectly with Waakye. The great thing about this stew it that it can be eat with many different foods such as plain rice, potatoes and spaghetti but I personally like to pair it with boiled yam.


Waakye Stew

Waakye Stew


  • 2 Large Onions
  • 80 gr. Ginger
  • 5- 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 - 2 Scotch bonnets
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 Cup Tomato paste (68 gr.)
  • 2 Tins Canned Tomatoes (400 gr. each)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Curry Powder
  • 2 Magi cubes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • +/- 500 gr. Steamed and Fried Beef
  • Ingredients Beef:
  • +/- 500 gr. Beef
  • +/- 60 gr. Fresh ginger
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Scotch bonnet
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 Magi cubes
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil


    Instructions Beef:
  1. Wash and cut the beef into cubes, put it in a pan and set it aside.
  2. Peel and cut the ginger and put it in a blender along with the onion, garlic cloves, scotch bonnet and cup of water and blend until smooth (add more water if it doesn’t blend well).
  3. Add the blended spices to the meat, add magi cube and salt and mix it.
  4. Cook the meat, together with the spices and with the lid on the pan, on a medium fire for about 10-13 minutes.
  5. While the meat is cooling, put the vegetable oil in another pan and heat it over high/medium fire.
  6. Fry the meat over high/medium fire until it browns.
  7. Remove the meat from the oil, and set it aside.
  8. Instructions Stew:
  9. In a blender mix the onions, peeled ginger, garlic cloves, the scotch bonnet and water. (Add more water if needed)
  10. In (a different) pan, add the vegetable oil and warm it over a medium fire. Add the blended vegetables to the oil and cook it over a medium fire for about 5 minutes. Stir it occasionally as it is prone to burning.
  11. Add the tomato paste, mix it with the pureed vegetables and cook it for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  12. While it's cooking blend the tinned tomatoes with the scotch bonnet until smooth.
  13. Add the blended tomatoes and scotch bonnet to the stew.
  14. Add the curry powder, salt and magi cube. Mix it, taste it and add some more if needed.
  15. Add the fried beef to the stew.
  16. Cook over low to medium fire until its done. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes.

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