This is the most basic of stews in Ghana. The ingredients are easy to find or common as Ghanaians will say and the cooking time is under half an hour. Ghana gravy is popular and goes with most Ghanaian staples such as rice and kenkey.
An easy and healthy dish not just for breakfast, but perhaps even as dinner. Kontomire leaves or spinach as it is more widely know is the star ingredient here.
I love left overs. Some such as these (the Ghana gravy, Ghana salad and domedo) can all come together to create a rather interestingly basic versatile dish. The various flavours as well as the convenience of throwing the ingredients together in less than 20-30 minutes makes this a great dish for when you can't hang out in the kitchen for too long.
This is a dish for the left over purist. with the exception of a few vegetables and the noodles, every thing else including the stock for the soup and the roast pork domedo splices all came from the dish "Chichinga (suya) spiced roast pork belly domedo" featured on our blog.
The blended onion and pepper marinade is a purely domedo technique of roasting pork in Ghana. The wet marinade gives the pork a stewy tastes that can be eaten with staples such as fried yam. The addition of suya to roast pork is not traditional. This is mainly becouse pork is traditionally a no no in the Moslem communities who gave the world suya spice.
Groundnuts are a West African favourite. Pureed they can be made into incredible soups and stews. As a street food it has few equals. Glazed with honey and then baked, it turns into a snack made for when you just want to munch on something sweet to while away the time. Foe those moments of relaxation after a hard day's work, I guess.
Stewed berries (blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
This is where Africa, the Caribbean and other tropical locales meet Spain. Tortilla as some of you know is the English name for the Spanish favourite tortilla de patatas, traditionally made with eggs, potatoes and onion. in this version yam is the base instead of potatoes and a lot more ingredients are added to give it more flavour.
My generation had the privilege of having our rice water with the ubiquitous evaporated milk with plenty of sugar which gave rice water a very creamy and rich flavour.
Ghana's rice water is somewhat unique in its preparation. The rice, regardless of which variety is used, is often mushed a little by pressing the grains against the sides of the pot to break them down.
Waakye is a great Ghanaian meal made of rice and beans. Traditionally it is consumed with gari, meat or chicken stew and shito. Adding Sautéed spinach makes this meal an even bigger power house. Spinach, known in Ghana as kontomire is known for good health. With no meat in sight this one pot meal qualifies as vegetarian and is packed full of flavour and variety. Avocado and a sprinkling of sesame seeds are used as garnishes.