Umukuji Tempura – Purple Sweet Potato Tempura

This is one of the ways locals eat purple sweet potato for a snack. My local area, Yomitan village, is famous for producing purple sweet potatoes that don’t just have a beautiful color, but are rich in vitamins A and C, and contain many minerals, such as potassium.


Ingredients are simple enough and available at any local supermarket.

(Making about 15)

3 purple sweet potatoes

• ½ cup of tapioca flour

• 3 tablespoons sugar




After cooking and cooling the sweet potatoes, smash them.

1. Wash the purple sweet potatoes and steam until cooked. They are ready when you can easily push a toothpick or bamboo stick into them.

2. Once the sweet potatoes have cooled down, mash them in a bowl and add tapioca flour and sugar, and mix well.

3. If the dough is too dry, add some water to make it smooth so that you can make small disc-shaped balls. If the dough falls apart, it is too dry, and if it sticks to your hands you’ve added too much water.

Make sure the dough is not too dry or wet.

3. Make the dough into small plump discs.  The original recipe for Umukuji Tempura is to deep fry the dough ‘discs’, but as this requires a lot of oil, I cook them in a pan with a bit of vegetable oil. The dough will soak up the oil so add some between batches.




This month class information;

Monday 19th January 10:30am – Cooking Japanese style curry from scratch

If you like Japanese style, or CoCo curry, this is the perfect class for you. After this class, you will be able to cook your own curry at home. We will make bullion and curry roux (roux) from scratch. It is healthy and yet so tasty. ¥5,000 per person.

Friday 23rd January 10:30am – Let’s roll sushi!

Saturday 31st January 10:30am – Let’s roll sushi!

You will learn to make really beautiful and tasty sushi rolls and temari sushi.

The sushi we make in this class is great to enjoy at home, but you can also make it for a party. I am sure that your sushi will impress your guests.

Website: Facebook: Tel: 098-955-5311 Address: 862-1 Namihira, Yomitan village, Okinawa 904-0322 Closed on Sunday

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