Ghanaian Foods In Focus: Tuo Zaafi (Recipe Included)


Ghana is a land of diversity, filled with different people of different ethnicity, who all have their unique languages, clothing and even foods they eat.

In the last couple of decades, cultures have diversified in Ghana, exchanges between ethnic groups have taken place. For instance people of Southern Ghana, mostly the Akans, Gas and Ewes all now wear the Batakari clothing, a dress which is regarded as the traditional costume of people in the northern part of Ghana.

This culture exchange and diversification did not only happen in the area of clothing but also the foods we eat as a people. Today it is common to go into a Ga community and see households pounding fufu (a local dish of the Asantes and Akyems) to be eaten as their supper.

Another such food which has moved from being an ethnic based food to a national delicacy is the ever tasty Tuo Zaafi, popularly known as TZ in the southern part of Ghana. Tuo Zaafi, a relatively unknown northern delicacy has over the last decade grown in popularity in the Southern part of Ghana to become a national delicacy enjoyed by people in every part of Ghana.

The food which originated from the northern part of Ghana is traditionally prepared with millet dough with the final product looking very white. While the northern part of Ghana still stick to using millet dough to prepare the dish, the people in the southern part of Ghana have made some slight changes to the traditional way of preparing it, by adding maize and cassava though.

Tuo Zaafi is eaten with a special green vegetable stew or soup mainly containing the popular green bitter leaves as its core ingredient known as “Ayoyo”. Notwithstanding, Tuo Zaafi can equally be eaten with Okra soup and this is especially common in the South where consumers prefer the Okra soup over the green leaves soup.

Tuo Zaafi is now common in most chop bars in cities like Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi. If you are yet to taste this God-sent food, the next time you visit any ‘Chop Bar’ be sure to order for some and have a taste of the food stolen from the North and gifted to the entire nation. Ask your guide for popular Tuo Zaafi joints in town.

The attached Tuo Zaafi recipe is from Modern Ghana.

 

 

How to prepare Garden Eggs Stew

Garden Eggs Stew
Garden Eggs Stew

Garden Eggs Stew is a nutritious stew that is enjoyed by many people across Ghana. Garden Egg stew can be eaten with rice, boiled yam, boiled plantain and many others.

It is known to be rich in vitamins. People who enjoy the delicacy believe it good for the formation of blood cells and improve vision.

How to prepare Groundnut Soup (Nkatekwan)

Groundnut soup is enjoyed with fufu, or banku, omutuo (rice balls), rice etc. You just can’t do without groundnut soup in Ghanaian society. Oh, don’t forget Sunday Omutuo and groundnut soup special.

Nkatekwan
Nkatekwan

Ground soup takes time and patience and is moderately difficult to cook.  The average time for cooking groundnut soup is an hour. Groundnut soup is a Ghanaian complementary dish serve with other main dishes for lunch and supper.  For the heavy breakfast eaters, groundnut soup and a main dish.

How to prepare Eto (3to)

Eto is a local Ghanaian meal made with either yam or cocoyam or ripped plantain mashed and mixed with palm oil. Eto is enjoyed by most Ghanaians specifically the Ashanti. The meal is served with mostly eggs and groundnuts.

3to
3to

Aside from the fact that Eto is a regular meal in Ghana, in the Ghanaian settings, Eto holds a whole lot of traditional significance. During festivals, most ethnic groups in Ghana serve their gods with to. When a girl child attains puberty, she is served with eto and boiled eggs by the queen mother.

How to prepare Fante Fante (Fresh Fish Stew)

Fante Fante is more like the Ghanaian version of the Nigerian pepper soup. It is of Ghanaian origin and mostly enjoyed by the southerners, that is; the Fantis, the Ga- Adangbes and some Akans from the middle belt area of Ghana.

Fresh Fish Stew
Fresh Fish Stew

The meal is very nutritious and good source of vitamins and proteins. It is mostly served with Fante kenkey, Banku, and if preferred fufu.

How to prepare Pork Soup

Pork soup with kenkey is a delight. Amongst pork consumers, you can never go wrong with Pork when smoked or fried.

Pork Soup
Pork Soup

Pork soup on a hot afternoon or evening with kenkey is just right. With just a little over enough pepper in the soup, be ready to bit your tongue.

Pork soup is better served with fanti kenkey, rice, banku and fufu. It is also very healthy as it health experts have revealed that pork is one of the healthiest sources of protein.

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Ebunu Ebunu Soup (Cocoyam Leaves Soup)

Ebunu Ebunu soup is prepared with blended Kontomire (Cocoyam leaves). It is a delicacy of Ghanaian origin and is enjoyed mostly by the Akan ethnic group in Ghana. Although quite tedious to prepare the dish, it is very delicious and healthy.

Ebunu Ebunu Soup (Cocoyam Leaves Soup)
Ebunu Ebunu Soup (Cocoyam Leaves Soup)

The meal is rich in protein, and It is believed by many to facilitate the formation of red blood cells as well as bone marrows. It can be served with rice if preferred, banku, fufu and even boiled plantain.

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How to prepare Werewere Soup (Melon Seed Soup)

Werewere soup, known internationally as the melon seed soup, is a Ghanaian delicacy which is mostly used as a substitute for groundnut soup. It is very delicious and can be served with rice, banku, fufu, and boiled plantain.

Aside from its delightful taste, the soup is rich in magnesium, and that facilitate and regulate nerve and muscle functions.

It is also suitable for blood cells formations because it is rich in vitamins; it also aids in the creation of bone marrows. Most Ghanaians love it because they believe its rich nutrients prevent congenital disability. Follow the procedures below to know how to cook the melon seed soup.

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How to prepare Kelewele (Spicy fried plantain)

Kelewele is a very popular feature in the daily lives of Ghanaians. There’s always a Kelewele vendor somewhere close-by especially during the later hours of the day.

Kelewele
Kelewele is best enjoyed with groundnut.


To locate a vendor, just take a walk along the street in the evenings and the aroma is going to alert you that a vendor is nearby.

Kelewele
Kelewele vendors serve on tissues to absorb the oil.


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Homechow expands to the Ashanti Region

Homechow, the number one food delivery app in Ghana has announced today that it is expanding to the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

This new market joins the Greater Accra Region announced earlier in the second quarter of 2019, totaling the expansion of delivery capabilities to more than 100 new restaurants in the Ashanti Region and a total of more than 500 restaurants on the Homechow App.

Starting November 5th 2019, customers within the newly added region can order from their favourite restaurants and have their meals delivered to their doorstep in minutes.

With this expansion in the fourth quarter, Homechow’s delivery capabilities will now be available to restaurants in new areas in and around Kumasi.

“With each new delivery network market launch, we are providing our customers with even more choices to get the food they love, when they want it,” said Gabriel Ankamafio, CEO of Homechow. “Through this expansion, we are helping restaurants in the Ashanti Region add a delivery option to connect with even more hungry diners, at a small fee. We look forward to continuing to expand nationwide and adding even more regions in 2020 and beyond.”

Homechow has experienced unprecedented growth over the last year and has added some of the most sought-after restaurants, delivering from over 400 restaurants in the Greater Accra Region.

The Homechow App connects diners with a variety of restaurants available near them. They can order food and get it delivered at their doorsteps. Users can browse the various restaurants available on the Homechow App. They can then place an order and wait for their orders to the delivered on their doorsteps. The app allows them to pay online or in cash.

To place an order from your favorite restaurants and have it delivered to your doorsteps, check out the Homechow App on both the App Store & Google Play store: onelink.to/3kvn7f


About Homechow

Launched in August 2018, Homechow is an on-demand food delivery service. It currently operates as a mobile application. Homechow is available for both iOS and Android. The company operates in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, a market of over 4 million people. Homechow is headquartered in Labadi, Accra and has more than 50 employees. Learn more: www.homechow.io