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Suman sa Lihiya

How to Make Suman Sa Lihiya

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Native delicacy
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 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

  • Soak malagkit rice in water for 2 to 3 hours. Drain.
  • Mix malagkit rice, lihia and rock salt together.
  • Wrap them in banana leaves into shape of squarish suman very carefully.
  • Bundle them in pairs and arrange in a pot or casserole.
  • Put water about level of suman and cook over low fire.

How to prepare sauce:

  • Extract milk from shredded coconut. Strain.
  • Set aside shredded coconut meat for topping.
  • Cook coconut milk with panutsa or brown sugar until mixture becomes thick.

How to make topping:

  • Toast shredded coconut meat in pan until almost dry.
  • Add brown sugar and continue toasting until done.
  • Serve suman with fine white sugar or sauce.
  • Top with toasted coconut.