Popularly known as the weekend meal, waakye is a favourite dish for most Africans. It has a soothing taste and allows so much combination in terms of accompaniments.
Soak beans in water for 24 hours.
Drain water, and then to your pot add 5 cups of water, followed by your presoaked beans.
Next add red millet leaves, followed by 1 tablespoon of salt.
Boil beans for approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
Once beans are soft, add rice, followed by one more tablespoon of salt.
Mix both the beans and rice together by stirring, then cover.
Allow the rice and beans to cook for approximately 20 minutes before stirring again.
Continue to stir the rice every 15-20 minutes until the waakye is ready.
After approximately 1- 1.5 hours your waakye should be ready. This can be determined by checking the texture of your rice and colour. The colour of your waakye will vary depending on the amount of red millet leaves you use.
The more millet leaves you use, the darker your waakye will be.
Toppings for waakye are optional. Waakye can be served with stew, your choice of meat, eggs, gari, spaghetti, and salad.