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.
How to Make Putong Bigas or Putong Puti
This recipe is steamed puto made from ground ordinary rice instead of the usual flour.
- 2 cups ordinary rice uncooked
- 3 cups tap water for soaking the rice
- 1 cup water from the soaked rice (add more water if the batter is too thick)
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- banana leaves optional
How to Make Putong Bigas or Putong Puti
- Soak rice overnight in 3 cups water. Drain the rice using a strainer then put in a blender and add 1 cup of water from the soaked rice and grind to consistency of thick batter.
- After you finish grinding the rice, transfer to a mixing bowl then add sugar and mix until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Then add in the baking powder and mix until the baking powder is dissolved and well combined with the batter. Do not over mix!
- Please take note that the consistency should not be too thick or it will become hard like cuchincta nor too thin, which will make the puto soggy. Add more water if it is too thick.
- Then cover with cling wrap or wax paper and wait for it to ferment or for the baking powder to react on the batter for 4 hours.
- After four hours, stir the batter gently. Transfer to a pitcher so you can easily pour on the puto molds.
- Line the molds with banana leaves then pour the batter 2/3 full. Or you can just grease the molds with cooking oil or butter if there are no banana leaves available.
- Wrap the lid with a piece of cloth so the water from the steam will not drip on the puto.
- Arrange in steamer and steam 30 minutes or if toothpick inserted in center of puto comes out dry.
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Can i change the rice with water mixture then blended for rice flour and water? Will it be the same?
Yes it can be used but I’m not sure about the measurement on how many cups of rice flour. Maybe you can weight the 2 cups uncooked rice and use that weight on the rice flour. I think 1 cup of rice is equivalent to 200 grams.
Hello,what kind of rice did you use? I tried jasmine once and it didn’t turn out well☹️Pls let me know. Thanks
Mary Lou aranas says
Hi!I am Malo the puto recipe looks yummy and I like to try making the puto as soon as possible. I have three question to ask you since this will be my first time to make Putong Bigas.1.)How many hours should I soak the rice when you say overnight? 2.)Can I use a Blender to grind the soak rice? 3.)How many cups of water should I put in thew Blender with the 2 cups of soak rice to get the right consistency of a thick batter? Hoping to hear a reply from you soon, I am excited to try the puto bigas recipe for Christmas. Thank you.
is there a way to turn the color to be really white , mine sometime turn off wht ? am I doing something wrong?
hello! You can try to mix 1 tbsp of vinegar to the water you will use in steaming the puto – it will make the puto “white” – works well in making puto pao.
Hi Marila, thanks for the tip!
How to make puto pao?
I think it depends on the kind of rice you are using. Choose a very white rice.
for how long should the rice be soaked in water?
Hi Cristine, soak the rice at least 5 hours or overnight.
Hi when you sy rice do you mean cooked rice or grain rice????
Hi Roselle, you need uncooked rice for making this puto recipe.
Do you soak the 2 cups rice in 1-1/2 cups water? Do you wash the rice first before you soak it? Thanks for your recipe. I’m anxious to try this since I don’t like the puto made with rice flour.
Hi Delia, yes you need to wash the rice first to clean it.
Hi, can I use yeast instead of baking powder? If yes, how many spoon of yeast per 1cup of rice? Thanks
Hi Mairem, yeast is used on wheat flour most of the time but I think you can use it on rice flour too. Try using 7 grams of yeast for 2 cups of ground rice.
Can I change the water with coconut milk?
I think you can use coconut milk.
Hi hope u do reply asap. i am preparing the ingrdients right now. and i made a mistake instead of baking powder i used yeast. I dont know that yeast only use in wheat flour. Can i add baking powder or i need to make a new. Oh btw thank u for the recipe.
Hi Cathy, Yes you need to replace the whole mixture. Sorry for the late reply.
Hi do you think it’s possible to subtitute the sugar in sweetner?my husband is diebetic.
Hi Jocelyn, yes you can substitute it with sweetener for diabetics.
I tried this recipe its good but there’s an after taste of baking powder .If I reduce the baking powder let say 2 tsps what will happen to the puto? thank you !
Hi Michelle, You can reduce the baking soda to 2 tsp but I’m it might affect the result. Try to experiment on small batches and see if it will work out. Some are using lime juice to counteract the after taste of baking soda.
Diana torres says
Can i use glutinous rice flour for putong puti? I look forward for your reply. Thank you.
Hi Diana, I think you can’t use the glutinous rice flour.
Merlyn De Juan says
Can be 1 cup rice flour and 1 cup glutinous flour for this recipe of Putong Puti? Am gonna add some more water? Or this 1 1/2 cup water is enough? Thanks
Hi Merly, I think you need to add more water if you are using rice flour because the rice in this recipe is soaked in water so it has already some water in the rice before grinding.
I just want to try this recipe. But i am wondering why there is no coconut milk, in your recipe is not needed to use a coconut milk anymore? And how many cups of water i need to use for soaking rice? Hoping for your reply, …tnx.
Hi Sheila, you can soak the rice with 3 cups of water. Anyway you will still strain the rice and use only 1 cup when grinding the rice. I think there is no need to use coconut milk but you can use it instead of the 1 cup water when grinding the rice.
Hi, is it okay to bake this?
I don’t think it will work on puto made from rice flour. But if you will use all-purpose flour, it will work.
Hi! Can I use basmati rice?
I’m planning to use my ube powder, do you have any idea how much to put in the recipe or if I have to rehydrate to powder or how to use it? Thank you.
I think any kind of plain rice (not glutinous rice) can be used. And about the ube powder, maybe you can start to put 1 tbsp and dilute it with 1 Tbsp water.
can i used a ready made rice flour?
Hi can I substitute coconut milk or milk instead of water when I blend the drained soaked rice?
Yes you can substitute water with coconut milk or milk.
Thanks..my puto turn out like Puchinta. Its is not that soft like puto.
Hi Joy, Maybe you didn’t wrap the steamer cover with a piece of cloth. The moisture or water will drop on the puto that will make it like a cuchinta. Or the baking powder is not enough.
Hello, I made the Putong puti because when I read the recipe and cooking instructions, it looked so easy and simple. However, I only gave it a three star’s because my puto only turned out palatable and not exactly like I had when I was living in the Philippines. My puto was not fluffy or light. It was thick and heavy. I can also still taste the grain. I actually ended up soaking the rice for two nights because I didn’t have the time to finish the process the following day after the first night. Also, I’m not really sure what you meant by ordinary rice so I used Jasmine rice since that’s what I have in my cupboard. The puto was certainly white. Didn’t have a problem with the coloring. I made some changes as well when I blended the rice. Instead of the leftover water from the soaked rice, I used 1 cup of whole milk. I thought it would make it more tasty. What I noticed, though, after blending the rice in the blender, they were still a little grainy. Yet I ignored it because I thought the steaming would have taken care of that. Could that be the reason why my puto tasted grainy? When I mixed the sugar and the baking, I made sure not to over mixed it like you said. My rice batter was like a cake batter except for the tiny grains. I steamed the puto in the rice cooker and had to do several batches since only three molds at a time can fit. By the way, I used cup cake liners because I didn’t have banana leaves. They did the job just fine. My puto cooked under 10 minutes. They opened up on the top. That’s how I can tell they were done besides the toothpick testing. Like I said, my puto were palatable not perfect and that’s because of the grain that I can still taste. So you have any idea as to why my puto was not so great? I can use some advise. It will be much appreciated.
Hi Maribel, I think the problem is the consistency of the batter. The thicker the batter, the more chance it will turn thick and heavy, like a cuchinta. So make the batter thinner. I mentioned it on instruction #4. And regarding the grainy batter, I think that depends on the blender or how long you grind the soaked rice.
how many tablespoon of yeast for 2 cups?
Hi Dolly, now sure the amount of yeast. Maybe you can just try to experiment.
Is the fermentation done at room temp or inside the ref? Thanks.
Hi Kitty, it’s done on room temperature.
Hello, really want to try this, should I cook it in low fire, medium or high?
Hi Mia, you can use medium heat.
you mention not too think in consistency. what is the consistency of your mixture? is it like pancake batter? soupy type? if you have a visual, id appreciate the help. thanks!
Hi Jane, yes like a pancake batter. Sorry I didn’t mention that in the recipe.