Written by: PEBBLES
Food has been defined as anything substance that we eat or drink which has all the essential nutrients.
The food a given society or a person eats and enjoys tells a lot about them. What goes into cooking, the preparation, and the ingredients used through to the way the food is served transcends just a good and warm meal.
The food reflects different beliefs, traditions, and habits, and watching someone cook is an education on its own.
In Ghana, just like in other several countries, the food people have been used to eating tells a whole lot about them. Where someone comes from come easily be known by the kind of food they usually eat.
Here is a list of some sweet Ghanaian delicacies that each one of us should enjoy at a point in our lives.
Jollof originated from Senegal but it is loved and enjoyed by people from all works of life. It is prepared with rice and tomato stew with vegetables.
The rice is soaked in the tomato stew together with water and when it is fully cooked, it brings out this orange-ish rice which is served with fish, meat, and salad or a combination of both. You cannot pin the meal on any particular group of people as it is one pot dish people would immediately opt for on a menu. Some time ago, Jollof became so much of a trend that there was this raging competition between Ghana and Nigeria. Each country was claiming they prepare the best Jollof there is.
This meal is equally a rice dish made with the combination of beans, rice, and leaves which gives this dark wine-ish look when it is done and ready to be served.
Waakye originally is a Northern dish, but it can now be found almost everywhere on the streets of all 16 regions. It is served with gari, fish, tomatoes stew, eggs, wele, and spicy shito and sometimes fried ripped plantain.
People say they enjoy it best when it is served in a leaf because it adds a vegetation spice to the meal plus it has been confirmed that the leaf healthier than plastic.
Waakye undoubtedly is one of the tastiest meals and it is seen in how people queue up early mornings just to have a taste of this meal. Unofficially, it is Ghana’s topmost breakfast meal.
This is basically cooked beans with mostly palm oil, redfish, a tad of gari, and sometimes cooked egg.
It is mostly referred to as Gob3 and people speak of this meal with so much familiarity and delight.
You must be careful though, if you have a loose tummy, you could bring a lot of air from the behind after enjoying this meal.
Fufu with soup
This meal is believed to have originated in the Ashanti Region and almost all of the other Twi speaking regions but you would find people from all other regions relishing it.
The fufu is made from cooked cassava or yam, mixed with cocoyam or plantain, and pounded in a mortar. It is then served with either goat light soup, palm nut soup, groundnut, or ebunuebunu (soup made with kontomire, snails, and dry fish).
This meal is cooked with the use of grains, herbs, and meat as these are the main food for people in the Northern Regions. Tuo Zaafi is similar to banku, albeit it is quite soft and less sticky.
Kenkey with Fish
This is a 100 percent meal for people from the Greater Accra Region. It corn-based staple that is similar to banku.
It is made by wrapping fermented corn dough into dry corn husk, cooked and served with hot pepper, slices of tomatoes and onions, and fried fish.
The list is endless but the above are some of the commonest meals everyone should have a taste of at a point in their lives.
Nothing beats a well-cooked meal, the way to everyone’s heart is certainly through their stomach.