Iced Kenkey

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    1 to 2


Appears in

The Ghana Cookbook

By Fran Osseo-Asare and Barbara Baëta

Published 2015

  • About

When I was a child growing up in California, my Tennessee-born mother sometimes snacked on graham crackers crumbled into a bowl and covered with milk. Similarly, a snack my late sister-in-law Afua used to enjoy when she attended the boarding school where I taught in Nungua was called “iced” or “ice” kenkey. She simply crumbled part of a ball of Ga kenkey with her fingers into a cup and added cold water and “plenty” of evaporated milk and sugar, stirred it well, and drank/ate it from a large mug. We had no refrigerator, and if we had I am sure she would have used ice water to prepare it.

I checked in with a couple of Ghanaians—my sister-in-law Theodora, and my friend Julia—to make sure of the recipe. Julia insists that “iced kenkey” made from Fante kenkey tastes superior to that from other types of kenkey. Iced kenkey is quick and easy to make when kenkey is on hand. It is also a popular inexpensive snack/street food. It can tide people over until they can have a more filling meal. Iced kenkey is also used as a weaning food for children.


  • 1 cup Ga Kenkey
  • ½ cup cold water
  • cup evaporated or other milk (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)



  1. Break off a cup of kenkey from a ball, crumbling it into pieces in a bowl using your fingers, or a fork to help break it up. Add the cold water and mix well.
  2. Pour mixture into one or two mugs and add milk and sugar to taste, beginning with about cup of evaporated milk or other milk and 1 tablespoon of sugar.

To serve

Iced kenkey is roughly the consistency of Rice Water, and can be drunk or eaten with a spoon. Sometimes unsalted roasted peanuts are sprinkled over it.