Sweet potatoes futari – Futari la viazi vitamu

Sweet Potato Futari - Futari la viazi vitamu

Sweet Potato Futari – Futari la viazi vitamu

There are many versions of Futari in Tanzania, Sweet potatoes Futari is my favorite. This is a very simple recipe but the mixture of coconut, sweet potatoes and cardamom creates a unique flavor. Your kids will love this.

Make this as a side dish for Thanks giving dinner, have something different, have Tanzania Flavor at your Table for thanks giving.


  • 1 lb African Sweet potatoes (they are white or a bit yellow inside and very starchy.
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes (optional) add after onions are cooked.
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp cardamom (freshly ground) Click here to learn from this video)
  • 1 tsp Canola oil
  • 1-cup heavy coconut milk/coconut cream (Tui zito) Click here to learn how to make fresh coconut milk
  • 2 – cups light coconut milk (Tui lembamba) If using canned, dilute a little more


  1. Heat oil in a pan, saute onions, stir until brown. If you are not using tomatoes continue to number two. If you are using tomatoes, add tomatoes and cook until soft. NOTE: I skipped tomatoes on this video
  2. Add cardamom and stir for a minute then add light coconut milk and potatoes, cover, lower the heat to medium and simmer until almost cooked.
  3. Add coconut cream/heavy coconut milk. Cover, and keep checking to make sure the potatoes are not over cooked.

  4 comments for “Sweet potatoes futari – Futari la viazi vitamu

    December 26, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    i was impressed by this recipe,it is an original version/

  2. Paul Rupia
    October 29, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    I made that today Miriam…I like the recipe a lot. It came out very ell…very tasty..and smells very good…the coconut milk .. cardamon.. Fantastic. Thanks Miriam.

    • November 4, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      You should have email me a picture Paul. I am glad you liked this simple recipe.

      Ming Love

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