Japanese Healthy Sweet Recipe


Daigakuimo is one of Japanese traditional sweet recipe. Daigaku (大学) means university and imo (芋) means potato. It was once very popular among university student.

I actually tried this recipe when I was university student as well. I was craving for sweet potato so much, but I didn’t have oven for quick and easy recipe. Then, I saw Cooking with The Dog youtube’s video for this recipe so I decided to try. Ever since that time, I used the recipe a lot for sweet potato.

Even when my parents picked me up in Holland, I had this recipe for them, and they loved it. My mom have asked me so many time to make it again in Indonesia. So I took one time to write the recipe.

In here, unfortunately I modified a little bit than the original. The sweet potato in Indonesia is different, it’s smaller, the inside is harder and whiter, and it is not as sweet as the one you can find outside. When my mom asked me to cook it, she has asked our servant to wash the potatoes, to peel the skin, and to cut them into slices. The original recipe leaves the skin on to have the crunchiness. But it’s not common to eat sweet potato with its skin here in Indonesia. Even in other times this is always happen (she asked me like..5 times in just 2 months, I wonder how many time it will be if I stay 1 year..).

Besides the skin was peeled off, I also used normal white sugar while I used to have it with brown sugar. And instead of normal non stick pan, I used my mom’s Happycall, the Korean double side pan. It’s just great, very convenient and easy. But normal pan with a lid will do fine as well. Lastly, I added sesame oil because I like the flavor mixed in the recipe.

I actually cooked for the whole family (you can tell from the photo). But I did in batches, so this recipe is based for one batch. The recipe is easy, quick and most importantly, healthy. It uses only a little bit of oil and sugar.

p.s. I once cooked this recipe with the purple sweet potato, because we bought them by mistake. It’s similar as Okinawan sweet potato, but more purple inside and darker outside. In indonesia there are a lot of them, perhaps one of the most common sweet potato you can find. Anyway, I used the same recipe, and it still taste good! Here is the picture.


Good Luck!


Daigakuimo Recipe

Serving: 1 – 2 person

200 – 250g Sweet potatoes
1 tsp Vegetable oil
1 Tbsp White or brown sugar
1 tsp Sesame oil
1 tsp Japanese Soy Sauce
Toasted White or Black Sesame Seed


20140109-192954.jpgWash the sweet potato. If you want crunchy taste, leave the skin. Otherwise, peel the skin off. Cut them into bite sizes. Dry them well with kitchen towel.

Heat and brush the vegetable oil in the pan. Put the sweet potato. Put the lid on and cook in low heat for 2 – 3 minutes. Flip the potatoes, or if you also use happycall, just flip the pan.

20140109-193101.jpgTake the lid off. Brush the sesame oil on the pan. Add the sugar equally. Cook the other side also for 2 – 3 minutes and put the lid back on.

Open the lid. Pierce the sweet potatoes with toothpick one by one to make sure they are cooked. Lastly, add the soy sauce. Quickly take the lid on and shake the pan for 5 seconds. Let them cook for 30 seconds.

20140109-193651.jpgTransfer the sweet potatoes in a plate. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seed. And it’s ready to serve.