RECIPE: Gogo Approved Ginger And Buttered Sweet Potato


I recently had the pleasure of cooking with one of my favourite South African food bloggers, Nina Timm.  She invited me to cook one of my traditional creations in her lovely kitchen. This is not the first time I got to cook with the lady. You’ll remember her from the Pasella insert showcasing food bloggers….yeah, that’s right the Chocolate Tart lady…That’s Nina. You’ll find more of her creations on My Easy Cooking blog….but first you gotta finish reading my post…..

Nina asked me to prepare a simple recipe with only three to four ingredients to be featured on 100-104fm RSG.  Which traditional dish consists of only three to four ingredients except for pap, you may wonder?  Traditional dishes are very simple and cost-effective. And even though some may look dull, don’t be fooled. Try them you’ll be surprised, they deliver on flavour. The dish I chose is all of that and more.  I went for a ginger and butter sweet potato dish. Let me tell you why……..

Sweet potatoes are widely used in indigenous cooking due to their versatility, cost-effectiveness and of course the nutritional benefits.  Where I grew up we call it Ibatata (Batatas).

Sweet potatoes are used by the different South African clans in a variety of indigenous dishes.  Some cook it with its skin and serve it in slices e.g. Jacket potatoes. They can also be used in soups, stews, curries, fried in the form of chips or wedges, used in baking such as scones etc.  I can go on and on about the different dishes in which this veggie is used.  My one colleague would cook it at home with the peel, pack it in a lunch box and then bring it to work and have it for lunch. Yup!  Have them for lunch just like that…..Did I mention that they are cost-effective and yet they take little time to prepare?

You know the older generation loves it, you would hear them say “Ndiyifunela leswekile yam” (I need it for my diabetes). LOL! I’m sure we’ll be like that when we get to that age.

Well, being beneficial in diabetes is just one of the benefits of sweet potatoes. They are a good source of Vitamin A, C, and B6.  They are high in carbohydrates, therefore, a good source of energy.  It’s been proven to be beneficial in arthritis, bronchitis, asthma, cancer etc.  Sweet potatoes have higher fibre content than your normal potatoes making them good in aiding with digestion.

After going through the benefits of sweet potatoes mentioned above I’m sure now you understand why the older generation is more fascinated with the vegetable.

After cooking my dish we served it with Nina’s rice and meatballs dish.  Yum!

Gogo Approved Ginger & Buttered Sweet Potato Recipe

Serves: 4

1 big or 2 medium sweet potatoes, boiled in their jackets

30 ml (2tbs) butter

3 tbsp (45ml) white sugar

2ml salt

3ml ground ginger


  1. Peel the boiled sweet potatoes, cut them into chunks and mash.
  2. In a saucepan, heat butter and sugar until starts to change colour and looks bubbly.
  3. Add your sweet potato mash or leave them chunky and stir continuously.
  4. Add salt and ginger, stirring continuously.
  5. Serve.

Thuli’s Tip:

  •  Sweet potato can be prepared mashed or in chunks.
  • You can replace ground ginger with grated fresh ginger, the flavour is just as good.

This recipe is very simple, very easy to prepare and yes,  it is very delicious!  Enjoy!

About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 7 )

    • 🙂 🙂 Thanks Jan! You’re gonna love it! Enjoy!

  • Lekker Patat! I love me some pattatas! Have never tried them with ginger, sounds interesting, will give it a shot, thanks!

    • You’ll love it! Enjoy! 🙂

  • Very nice recipe! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  • Oh Thuli – YUM!! I love sweet potatoes (although over here we almost always find only the orange ones). My dad used to love them slow-cooked with butter and cinnamon and orange zest; whereas I prefer them as oven baked wedges 🙂

  • Phumla

    Come home and prepare it for us. i will love it!!!

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