Putong Bigas (Putong Puti)
This recipe is steamed puto made from ground ordinary rice instead of the usual flour. There are many varieties of rice used in cooking. Don’t use the glutinous rice which is the variety usually used in cooking kakanin or other native delicacies like suman. Use only ordinary rice. Gone are the days that you can only grind the rice with the old fashion stone grinder. If you have a blender, you can grind almost anything including the soaked rice to make the putong bigas.
- 2 cups rice (uncooked)
- 1½ cups water
- 1½ cups white sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- Soak rice in water and grind to consistency of thick batter. You can use a blender to grind the soaked rice. Put the rice on the blender and enough water just to cover the rice. Blend for 1 and ½ minutes.
- Add sugar, salt and baking powder after you finish grinding the rice.
- Mix thoroughly. Pour into molds ⅔ full.
- Arrange in steamer and steam 30 minutes or if toothpick inserted in center of puto comes out dry.