The Ghanaian Wache and Stew is a popular recipe from Ghana. This notable African dish called wache is the same as rice and beans in the rest of the world. However, only dark beans are used for wache in order to make the rice appear dark. Wache is popularly eaten with stew sauced with many ingredients where fish is the major addition.
Note that the measurements of the ingredients in this recipe can be altered to suit your own taste. We will make use of basic, common ingredients in this recipe. However, we’ll recommend that you stick with our method and ingredient for the first trial. You may now decide to spice up your Ghanaian wache and stew in your subsequent cooking.
Ghanaian Wache and Stew Recipe
- 3 ½ cups of parboiled rice
- Canned beans (choice of black beans or kidney beans)
- Rice cooker
- Teaspoon of salt
- Fill the rice cooker to the level 2 mark.
- Add the 3 1/2 cups of rice along with salt.
- Open the can of beans and add to the rice.
- Stir the rice once and let the rice cooker cook the rice.
You may prefer parboiled rice because it has less starch.
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- ½ teaspoon rosemary
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- 2 small onions
- 1 tablespoon red cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 2 jalapeno peppers
- 2 stalks of celery
- A can of Hunt’s tomato sauce
- Canola oil
- First, cut up the onions, celery, and jalapeno’s and put it in the blender.
- Add the fennel seeds and water as well. Blend the mixture together.
- Heat a tall pan with a lid on the fire and add the canola oil (enough).
- Open the tomato sauce and add it to the canola oil. Let the tomato sauce cook at high heat.
- Once the tomato sauce is jumping out of the pan, add the blended mixture.
- Add in the curry powder and the thyme and stir it.
- Let the sauce cook at medium temperature for 15-20 minutes.
- After the 20 minutes, add salt and rosemary crushed in your palm to bring out the flavor.
- Cover and let cook for another 10 minutes (make sure there is enough oil or the stew will taste tart)
- Tilapia (or your choice of fish)
- Adobo all-purpose seasoning (can be found in the Spanish grocery aisle)
- Frying pan
- Canola oil
- Heat the canola oil in the frying pan.
- Season the fish with the Adobo seasoning.
- Make sure the oil is hot then put the fish in and let cook till brown.
To bring the meal together, lay some rice on a plate, add the stew on top and place the fish to the side and enjoy it! Enjoy your Ghanaian Wache and Stew.