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Suman Luya (Suman Flavored with Ginger)

Dec 29

These days, traditional suman has moved on to many flavors. I still stick to my childhood memories of Suman Luya dating back to Christmas Eve. My mom would cook the sticky rice in a big kawali in the dirty kitchen. Suman Luya is extremely smooth tasting with the right amount of sweetness. It’s perfect for hot chocolate drink during the noche buena or for New Year’s Eve. The taste in itself reminds me of Christmas in Cebu.

Here is the recipe of Suman Luya (Suman Flavored with Ginger) or you can buy Suman Luya from this entry Where to Buy Suman in Manila


1 ganta malagkit (equivalent to 2.25 kgs glutinous rice)
8 coconuts
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups white sugar
4 Banana Leaves
4 Tablespoons Ginger, chopped


1. Wash malagkit.

2. Squeeze the grated coconut to get the milk, add salt.

3. Boil all together (malagkit, ginger, coconut cream, sugar) till almost cooked in the carajay.

4. Remove from fire.

5. Wrap 1 1/2 tablespoon of cooked Malagkit in banana leaves tying the two ends. . Keep each suman 1.25 cm thick, 4 cm wide and 12.5 cm long.

6. Arrange on steamer rack in a staggered pile. Steam for 30 minutes. Keep the steamer well-supplied with water to prevent drying out.

7. Serve with Hot Tsokolate

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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  1. you’re a lifesaver! i came to Korea craving this particular food, because my grandmother loves doing this every family holidays (which happens quite often)…

    ugh i can’t wait to go to the supermarket, although i’m planning to tweak it a bit… brown sugar instead of white.. =) the way my grandmother does…
    .-= reijene´s last blog ..Writing Comes with a Stroke of Inspiration. =-.

  2. wylma /

    my mom comes from cebu also but we live in mindanao. she also cook suman like what your mom do.

    thanks for this site

  3. Hello, thanks so much for this recipe. May I know what would be the equivalent amount of canned coconutes for the 8 coconuts the recipe calls for? Thanks so much



  5. vicky /

    This suman is really good! My mom, came from Tacloban, Leyte. She this but in a manner just like cooking steamed rice or “sinaing and call it “puto maya” the burned bottom taste great

  6. what is the equivalent amount of canned coconuts for the 8 coconuts and how many cups to 2.25 kg of rice. thanks susan

  7. Before I read all the comments,first come in my mind is thesame question you guys had ):

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