Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Milk.

This is a delicious recipe quite common in Kenya’s coastal region. They mostly use potatoes and meat simmered in coconut milk and spice, called ‘viazi vya nazi‘, or sweet potatoes called, ‘viazi vitamu vya nazi’.

This is a luscious breakfast or brunch dish that is easy to put together and is so tasty and filling.

Sweet potatoes are a rich source of fibre, full of Vitamin A, and contain anti inflammatory, anticancer and anti diabetic properties. I also used lemongrass, ginger, cardamom and coconut milk in this recipe.

Sweet potatoes are abundant in Kampala and are so sweet. Look at the size of these babies!

Almost as big as my forearm!

This is my take on this tasty dish. Let’s assemble our ingredients:-

One teaspoon each of grated ginger, orange rind, Finely chopped lemongrass and some cardamom pods. You can also use a1 tsp of ground cardamom powder if you don’t have the whole pods. A cup of coconut milk, and some thick coconut cream, about 2 tablespoons.
I had some already roasted sweet potatoes which I peeled and cut up.

In a sauce pan on medium low heat, add your coconut milk and your spices. I removed the cardamom seeds from the pod, you can leave them whole if you don’t mind picking them out later.

(If you do not have ready sweet potatoes, Peel and chop 2 medium sweet potatoes and cook on low heat with the coconut milk and spices until ready).

Add the sweet potatoes to the milk and mix carefully and well. Let them simmer on low heat to heat through and absorb the spices’ flavours.

Some people also add sugar but I don’t as the sweet potatoes here are very sweet, and you also don’t want to overpower the other flavours.

Make sure they don’t burn and use a flat spatula to turn them so they don’t mash up. Once heated through , add a dollop or two of the thick coconut cream. Mix well and switch off the heat.

Your dish is now ready to serve 😋

You can garnish it anyway you want; maybe sprinkle some ground cinnamon, some grated coconut and some more coconut cream.
I had mine with some sautéed amaranth leaves and spinach on the side.

This can also be a perfect supper right? You can add meat, other spices and it’s a complete meal on its own.

Try it and enjoy!

4 thoughts on “Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Milk.

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