Suman Sa Lihiya

A delicious rice cake snack made from glutinous rice, lihia or lye water, salt and wrap in banana leaves. Then boiled until the rice is done. The sauce is made from cooked coconut milk with brown sugar that resembles a saucy coconut jam also called latik. It is not hard to cook as you think. The only hard part is wrapping the malagkit rice in banana leaves and tying them in pairs before cooking.


How to Make Suman Sa Lihiya
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Recipe type: Native delicacy
Cuisine: Filipino
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 kilo malagkit rice
  • 2 tsp rock salt
  • 2 Tbsp. lihiya (lye water)
  • banana leaves, cut into 6-8 inches width strips
  • 5 pcs coconut, shredded
  • 1 to 2 pcs panutsa or 1 kilo brown sugar
How to make Suman Sa Lihia
  1. Soak malagkit rice in water for 2 to 3 hours. Drain.
  2. Mix malagkit rice, lihia and rock salt together.
  3. Wrap them in banana leaves into shape of squarish suman very carefully.
  4. Bundle them in pairs and arrange in a pot or casserole.
  5. Put water about level of suman and cook over low fire.
How to prepare sauce:
  1. Extract milk from shredded coconut. Strain.
  2. Set aside shredded coconut meat for topping.
  3. Cook coconut milk with panutsa or brown sugar until mixture becomes thick.
How to make topping:
  1. Toast shredded coconut meat in pan until almost dry.
  2. Add brown sugar and continue toasting until done.
  3. Serve suman with fine white sugar or sauce.
  4. Top with toasted coconut.


Suman sa Lihiya