Top 5 Tasty Must-Have Foods from Ghana

Ghana is a beautiful country in the sub-region of West Africa, specifically along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Known for basking with a rich and colourful culture, this amazing country is popular for quite a lot of factors. For example, she is the first African country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain her independence in 1957. Also, it ranks as Africa’s most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index, plus, it is home to the longest man-made lake. This lake is called Lake Volta, and is over 250 miles long covering about 3.6% of the entire country.

Enough of the history lesson, now onto the food!

Ghana has a lot of great tasting foods, however, there are some that are favourites across the country. If you're visiting Ghana for the first time, these are our top 5 dishes you must try out;

Jollof Rice

The Ghanaian Jollof rice is a very popular dish enjoyed in Ghana by all. This delicious meal is very easy to make and is sought after by a lot of people at parties. A little-known fact is, there is contention between Ghanaian and Nigerian food aficionados on which nation has the best Jollof rice; we’ll leave you the reader to find out! There are a few variations of Jollof rice, but usual ingredients are; some rice, boneless chicken, chicken stock, vegetable oil, onion, tomatoes, and seasoning.

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Ground Corn Meal (Kenkey)

Kenkey, also called Kormi or Dorkunu, is a local Ghanaian dish that is enjoyed by many and is very healthy. This dish is usually served with a peppered sauce, stew, or soup, and very similar to dumplings. Usual ingredients are; corn meal, banana leaves or aluminum foil for wrapping during steaming, a tablespoon of vinegar, and a cup of water. 

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Kentumere

Kentumere is an amazing dish that contains fish and spinach in a sauce. This lean meal is absolutely perfect for anyone looking to shed some weight, as well as stay fit and healthy. Usual ingredients are; a cup of palm oil, chopped onion and spinach, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a cup of tomatoes, and kippered herring. The dish is quite flexible but is usually eaten with rice or plantain.

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Waakye & Shitor

Waakye is a dish made of beans and rice, usually enjoyed with shitor. Usual ingredients are; black beans, rice, bicarbonate soda, vegetable oil, and salt to taste. Shitor is a special kind of peppered sauce usually comprised of onions, ginger, fresh pepper, garlic, tomato puree, dried pepper powder, nutmeg, vegetable oil, salt, dried herrings and powdered shrimps.

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Groundnut Soup

Groundnut soup is one of the major soups enjoyed in Ghana. This meal is usually prepared with Tilapia, meat, or crabs. Usual ingredients are: fish, beef, or crab, peeled groundnuts, crayfish, palm oil, seasoning, and vegetables. This dish is usually accompanied by any suitable solid food such as rice, yam or banku.

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With these meal choices, you are definitely assured a mouth-watering visit to Ghana, and lay claim to having experienced Ghanaian food culture firsthand.

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