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Timus: Fried Sweet Potato Balls (Vegan)

Timus: Fried Sweet Potato Balls (Vegan)

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Timus is a hearty, filling sweet snack from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This vegan treat is an old-school dish made of steamed sweet potatoes that are then mashed and fried.


  • 500 gr sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp (around 40 gr) tapioca flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 drop vanilla extract (optional)
  • Cooking oil for deep frying


  1. Steam the sweet potatoes until done (around 20 minutes), cool, peel and finely mash in a large bowl. 

    Mash the steamed sweet potatoes

  2. Add sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Mix well.

    Add sugar, salt and vanilla extract

  3. Add tapioca flour.

    Add tapioca flour

  4. Knead until smooth, with no more sticky bits of flour.

    Knead until smooth

  5. Take some of the dough, roll to form a ball, then slowly shape the ball into an oval.
  6. Do the same with the rest of the dough.

    Shape the dough into ovals

  7. In a small frying pan, heat the cooking oil over medium heat and fry the oval dough until it turns golden brown (around 4 minutes each side).

    Fry until golden brown

  8. Serve immediately.


  • Some people love to add vanilla essence, so I also added it in the recipe (optional), but for my personal taste, I love the natural flavour of the sweet potato, so I often omit it. 
  • Adjust the amount of sugar according to your preference. 

Keywords: Common ingredients, tapioca