Futari (Tanzanian Coconut Squash)


Futari Ya Maboga (Tanzanian Coconut Squash)

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Cuisine Tanzania


  • 4 cups fresh pumpkin or winter squash, yams/sweet potatoes, or a mixture
  • 3 tbsp onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Juice of ½ lemon plus a bit extra
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk plus a bit extra
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Split and seed the squash.
  • Roast at 350 F for 30–45 minutes, until soft.
  • Let cool till safe to handle.
  • Peel squash and gently cut into chunks.
  • In large pot, heat butter and fry onions.
  • Add ground cloves, salt, coconut milk, and cinnamon.
  • Heat for 5 minutes to blend flavors.
  • Add squash and heat together while gently stirring.
  • Just before serving, you can add an extra squeeze of lemon and an extra ½ cup of coconut milk to heighten the flavors.