Suman is a rice cake that originates from the Philippines, its delicious and will definitely fill your stomach.

Filipino dainty because the main ingredients is glutinous rice (malagkit) or diket in Ilocano which is full of carbohydrates, suman has minimal ingredients and only requires skills to wrap it in a triangular or tubular shape using banana or coconut leaves.

This dish can also be served with latik, white sugar, or maybe with fruits like ripe mango.

Here are the steps in making suman


  • 4 cups glutinous rice
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • ¼  kilo white sugar
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • thumb size ginger ( grated) optional
  • wilted banana leaves
  • water ( enough to cook the suman)
 M E T H O D 
  1. Soak the glutinous rice in a bowl for atleast  20 minutes or until bloated then drained.
  2. In a pot, put the coconut milk, sugar, ginger and salt then bring to a boil, when boiling,  add the soaked glutinous rice, give a good stir, cover and cook it just you would with a normal rice, just make sure not to overcooked it. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  3. Wash the banana leaf make sure it would not tear, wipe with a clean cloth. Then singe each banana leaf into flames for few seconds, but be careful not to burn it.
  4. Scoop a portion or about ¼ cup size  of cooked glutinous rice then wrap in banana leaf in a triangular shape. You can do this, by rolling the banana leaf in a cone shape, put the rice then secure the end with cotton string.
  5. Put it in a pot filled with boiling water until the suman it fully cooked. ( around 45 minutes or more.
  6. Serve with sugar, latik or ripe mango.


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