NIMA: The Street Food Edition

By Nana Osei Kwadwo

The Street Food Culture

The Street Food Culture

Street food is a way of life in Accra. In fact, it’s the only fast food you’ll find in town. Easy and convenient, affordable and ready to eat, street food for many Accra city people is the way to do it.

Street food is for the occasional cook or those on the move in the city – battling traffic on the way to work or back home – and you can’t resist the lingering smells of kelewele, red red or fried fish all around. Or maybe your light dey off [chale, Ghana dey be!]. Street food is everyone’s friend – it won’t break the poor man or rich man’s pocket.

Nima is a great place to sample a smorgasbord of Accra’s finest street food. Warm your taste buds and check out this enticing photo stroll of our favorite eats on the go.

Gari and Bean in the Making

Gari and Beans in the Making


Gari is the West African name for roasted cassava shavings. It is mixed with cooked beans, pepper and palm oil and served with kokorr – an Akan name for fried ripe plantain.

Food is almost ready

Some Korkorr to go with our Gari and Beans



This popular meal is made of rice and beans mixed together. The fresh waakye leaves cooked with the rice and beans gives the meal it’s distinctive brown color. Waakye is mostly eaten with shito (black pepper), meat or fish. For those who like to get down, you can add pasta, a boiled egg or gari. For extra zest, add some fried plantain.

Serve Us Waakye!

Serve Us Waakye!

Waakye in Fresh Leaves

Waakye is good for everybody

Add some meat and shito

Add some meat and shito

We want our Waakye wrapped


Koose refers to beans, vegetables and pepper fried together in vegetable oil. It is used to eat Hausa Koko – a sweet brown porridge made from millet cereal. This is a breakfast meal for folks on the go.

The Koose preparations have begun!

The Koose preparations have begun!

The Koose preparations have begun!

Nima Street Food 21 – Strolling Goats- March 2013

Nima Street Food 10 - Strolling Goats - March 2013


This addictive porridge is made from millet cereal and mixed with local spices, pepper and sugar. This is a standard breakfast meal for many communities across Ghana.

Ante up for some Hausa Koko

Ante up for some Hausa Koko

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Nima Street Food 17 – Strolling Goats- March 2013

Nima Street Food 20 – Strolling Goats- March 2013


This delectable dish is made of fermented corn dough cooked in dry plantain leaves and shaped into a textured cornball. Kenkey is eaten with chilli sauce, fish, vegetables or soup.

Hot Fante Kenkey coming up

Hot Fante Kenkey coming up

Nima Street Food – Strolling Goats – March 2013


Waa Gashi is the Hausa word for delicious, fried milk. The snack tastes quite similar to thick slices of cheese pizza. Waa Gashi is mostly eaten with rice & peas and an assortment of meat and fish. It is best served piping hot and with barbecue pepper.

Fresh Cow Milk

Fresh Cow Milk

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Leaves placed on top gives the Waa Gashi this bright red color

Yummy Waa Gashi served with Waakye

Yummy Waa Gashi served with Waakye


This scrumptious doughnut ball is made of flour, nutmeg and sugar and fried in vegetable oil. Lightly sweet fried goodness! For breakfast on the run, pair with koko, marmalade or honey. TÒÒGBεε is Ga for “goat’s balls” which looks quite similar to the delicacy eaten throughout Ghana. Also popularly referred to as Boflot.



Nima Street Food 53 – Strolling Goats- March 2013

Nima Street Food 55 – Strolling Goats- March 2013

Nima Street Food 50 – Strolling Goats- March 2013

Stay tuned for more street food chronicles right here.


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