Friday, July 6, 2012


Suman is an old-fashioned comfort food that never fails to bring back fond memories of childhood days spent with our mothers or lolas (grandmothers) who were experts at making them.

There are many as many varieties of suman in the Philippines as there are regions. 

This one is called Sumang Malagkit. It is a traditional Filipino malagkit  (glutinous) rice cake, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed, served with sugar or some kind of bucarillo sauce made from panocha.

In the olden days, women simply cooked dishes and wrapped and cooked everything in banana leaves. Banana trees were found everywhere. Here is a basic sumang malagkit recipe that is commonly cooked in the Tagalog region.


1/4 k malagkit (glutinous) rice

1 c thick coconut milk

1 c thin coconut milk

pinch of sugar
pinch of salt
wilted banana leaves

1. Wash malagkit rice. Drain and set aside.
2. In a pot boil 1 c thin coconut milk. Add a pinch of salt and sugar. Add washed rice. Cover and cook over low heat.
3. When liquid has absorbed, add 1 c thick coconut milk. Cook some more until liquid evaporates. Remove from fire.
Allow to cool.
4. Scoop 1-2 Tbsp of half-cooked rice into wilted banana leaves. Roll . Fold ends. Arrange in a pot. Fill the pot with water. Boil. When done, arrange on a platter. Serve with sugar or matamis na bao (coco jam).

1 comment:

  1. hello... I would like to make this sumang malagkit but when it is rolled with banana leaves is it going to be boiled or steamed?... thank you so much...