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Sweet Potato Leaves with Onion Fried Rice

Sweet Potato Leaves with Onion Fried Rice is an easy Swahili food recipe from Kenya.

Swahili rice dish called Wali wa Yasmin in the Kiswahili language is an Onion Fried Rice food recipe from Kenya. This rice recipe is a typical dish in many Swahili communities along the Swahili coast along the coastal Kenyan towns. Onion Fried Rice is a dish made of white, mixture of onions, and spices mixed together.

Swahili Onion Fried Rice.

Swahili Onion Fried Rice.


2 cups white rice

2 large onions, chopped

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon salt

4 cups water


In a large pot over medium high heat add oil, then add onions and fry until golden brown. Add water, rice, and salt then cover and cook for 10 – 15 minutes. Serve with an easy vegetable dish of Kitojo Sweet Potato Leaves. 

Sweet potato leaves are widely popular throughout Africa in cooking recipes. Sweet potato leaves are edible and delicious with a soft texture that tastes like kale or spinach. The best way to cook sweet potatoes is just to simply sauté them with a little bit of onion olive oil salt and pepper.

Kitojo Sweet Potato Leaves

Swahili Saute Sweet Potato Leaves.


4 large handfuls sweet potato leaves, chopped

1 chopped red bell pepper

1 bunch chives, chopped

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic salt

Pepper to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil


Add ingredients into a large pot and saute about 3 minutes. Serve with Onion Fried Rice.

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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.