Ghana: and a tale of traditional African food

When I tell people I used to live in Ghana, they would often ask me how I liked living in South Africa. They would blink when I tell them Ghana isn't in South Africa - that Ghana is located in West Africa. The questions that follow are usually around language, culture, and food. So I am thrilled to share with you one of the local foods eaten by the people of Ghana.

A little fact about kenkey: It is a staple dish made from ground corn and served with seasoned pepper sauce, fried fish, fried shrimp, or stew. It is also called Kormi by the Ga people or Dorkunu by the Akan.

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There are two types of kenkey. The Ga kenkey is common with the people of the Greater Accra Region (Ga) while the Fante kenkey is mostly produced in the Central and Western Regions.

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Making kenkey involves letting the ground corn ferment before cooking. After it is fermented, the kenkey is partially cooked, and wrapped in corn husks or dried plantain leaves.

If I was given the option to choose, I would likely lean toward Ga kenkey. It really comes down to taste buds at the end of the day. I usually get my craving fix at a local Ghanaian store in Dallas. Every weekend, they sell freshly made kenkey. So if you're ever in Ghana or visit a local Ghanaian store, give it a try.

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Share your thoughts if you've had kenkey or once you've given it a try.

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All photographs by Royal_Pixels

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