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 Ghana egusi soup with spinach

Egusi soup with spinach looks more like a stew than a soup. Egusi soup is usually accompanied by yam, plantains or rice. Let us take a walk through this delicious recipe.

Egusi Soup with beef
Egusi Soup with beef




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The Ghana egusi soup with spinach is the best version of the melon seed base stew . Agusi, as Ghanaians call it, is a protein-packed tiny white seed from the melon plant. Rich in vitamin B1, B2, A and C, it also has high levels of linoleic and oleic acid.

Spinach is also another super food packed with vitamins, minerals and iron. It is also good for healthy hair, skin and bones. Try adding lots of spinach to your diet to prevent constipation.


How to prepare Ghana egusi soup with spinach


  • 1 cup powdered agusi/egusi
  • 3 cups spinach leaves/kontomire (washed and chopped)
  • 1pound smoked salmon chunks
  • 1 ½ pound smoked tuna chunks
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp. shrimp powder
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp. ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 4 large tomatoes (diced)
  • ½ cup palm oil


If you are substituting with kontomire, be advise to boil it a bit before adding to the stew.

  • Add 2 cups of water to kontomire and bring to a boil. Let it boil over for about 5mins and turn off heat. Strain out excess water with a colander. Keep leaves in the colander.
  • Over medium heat, heat palm oil. Add your onions, ginger and garlic. Cook and stir until onions are nicely caramelized.
  • Add tomato paste and stir. Allow cooking for about 2mins. Pour in your fresh tomatoes. Add a little water. Cover and allow cooking for about 10mins.
  • Mix your eggs with the powdered egusi and pour into the saucepan. Turn down the heat, cover and cook for another 10-15mins. I recommend you gently stir after about 10mins.
  • Add your shrimp powder, salmon and tuna to the stew. Carefully stir to prevent the egusi from breaking into tiny pieces. We want it looking quite chunky.
  • Finally, add the spinach leaves/ kontomire and stir. Adjust salt and pepper to your preference. Simmer on low heat for about 10-15mins.


Your Ghanaian style egusi soup is ready to be devoured.


4 persons


Ghanaian style egusi soup with spinach looks more like a stew than a soup. It is slightly thicker than other versions of the sauce. It’s also a great meal for vegetarians once the fish is omitted.

Unlike Nigerian version, the Ghana egusi soup is usually paired with yam, plantains or rice, and not eba. Others go as far as to enjoy it with banku or kenkey.

Egusi Soup

The Egusi Soup from Ghana!

How To Prepare Dawadawa Jollof Rice

Dawadawa is a fermented paste from the seeds of the African locust bean tree with a distinctive odour and flavour. It is popular among the Northern folks in Ghana.

Locust Bean
Locust Bean (Dawadawa).

Most of their delicacies are flavoured with Dawa Dawa, Tuozaafi and Chinkaafa are a particular hit with Dawa Dawa. Dawadawa has a lot of health benefits; it’s good for the eyes and prevents hypertension amongst, etc.

Due to its numerous health benefits, a lot of people besides the Northern folks in Ghana use it in cooking.

Dawa Dawa
Dawadawa is sold in balls. takes a look at how to prepare the famous Ghanaian dish, the Dawa Dawa Jollof. It is delicious, rich in protein, and very easy to prepare.

The recipe follows after the advertisement.

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 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 vendors serve on tissues to absorb the oil.

Recipe is after the advertisement below.

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:

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:



Kenkey Fest: Four Years of Celebrating One of Ghana’s Rich Foods

In 2016, the idea of celebrating Kenkey, one of Ghana’s most popular foods was first conceived by a group of young men, notable among them being Mr. Manuel NII Mantey Mansah, Mustapha NII okai Inusah, popularly known as Nii Attractive Mustapha, Abena Magis, Sabtiya Abubakar, Namerl Tagoe , Yvonne Bannerman-Williams and others.

In that same year, the first edition of the festival was successfully launched and held at Mantse Agbona, Jamestown.

Since then, three other editions have successfully taken place over the last three years, with the event getting bigger and patronage increasing each year.

In the last edition held in March 2019, the number of patrons almost doubled from the 2018 edition while some extra activities were added to spice up the festival and make it more exciting. A kenkey league got introduced this year where 32 patrons were selected to engage in an eating competition. The move paid off greatly as it added extra dynamism and excitement to the 2019 Kenkey Fest.

Kenkey Fest
Man busy on Kenkey

The festival even though is just four years, seems to be getting a lot of positive reviews and massive patronage each year, attracting food lovers from all over Ghana to the suburb of James town where it is held each year.

In the next few years, Kenkey Fest could rise to become one of the most popular and biggest gatherings of people in Ghana if it continues on the path it is on.

Kenkey Fest
Kenkey Fest

The tourism potential of Kenkeyfest is one that cannot be pushed aside, with the huge number of people the event attracts, it has the potential to become a well-renowned festival that could attract foreigners from all parts of the world to boost the tourism of Ghana.

You can try this simple Kenkey recipe at home.

How to prepare Kontomire Stew the local way

Kontomire Stew, prepared with Kontomire (cocoyam leaves) is one of Ghana’s favourite local stews enjoyed by many Ghanaian households especially in the Akan communities where the stew originated from.

Kontomire Stew
Kontomire Stew and Plantain

Over the years restaurants have adopted it, made some slight changes to it and added it to their menu. But largely the local and traditional Kontomire stew still reigns supreme in most houses, while some have also become used to the modern way of preparing it.

Now let go back to tradition and take a look at the local way of preparing the traditional Kontomire stew.

Recipe continues after the advertisement.