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Waakye in a white plate with kelewele. shite, eggs and salad

Fast & Easy Ghanaian Waakye

Abi Olayiwola
Save time with this fast and easy waakye recipe without the need to soak the beans before hand.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Pressure cooker cooling time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Ghanaian, West African
Servings 6
Calories 273 kcal


  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 cup black eye beans
  • 6-8 waakye leaves
  • Salt to taste


  • Pick stones and grits from the beans.
  • Wash the beans and add into the pressure cooker.
  • Wash the waakye leaves and also add into the pressure cookers. Pour in water up to the minimum level on the pot.
  • Close the valve of the pressure cooker and leave until it reaches full pressure. This should take no more than 15 mins.
  • One it reaches full pressure, reduce the heat and leave for additional 10 mins for the beans to cook.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool down naturally to depressurize. This should take around 20 mins.
  • Once the pot is adequately cooled. Unlock the lid.
  • Pour the beans with the cooking liquid and the waakye leaves into another pot. Wash the rice and pour into the pot too.
  • Add more water if needed so there is enough to cook the rice. Add some salt and cover the pot.
  • Allow the rice to cook. The time for this depends on the type of rice used. Check pack instructions if you are not sure.
  • Remove the waakye leaves and serve with your favourite side.


Calories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 159mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Waakye
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