Ube Halaya or Jalea de Ubi

ube HalayaUbe (Purple Yam) Halaya is one of my favorite desserts that I remember with fondness. Mom often prepared Ube Halaya in a pyrex dish. I liked the natural purple color instead of the bright purple color that I often see in commercial ube halaya. The best ube comes from Bohol because of its aromatic fragrance and sweetness. Perhaps, this legend explains the gift granted to the Bohol Ube Kinampay. Kinampay is a kind of ubi, the most expensive kind yet there are many varieties that are named Kinampay. The Bohol Ube Kinampay can be found in Dauis, Panglao, Tagbilaran, Corella and other southwestern towns of Bohol.

Granting you have the Bohol Ube, here is a simple recipe of Ube Halaya prepration. There are many variations that use coconut milk and evaporated milk but I use condensed milk.


1. Boil 1/2 kilo of ubi.

2. When cooked, peel and mash. Pass through a wire strainer or sinamay. You should have 2 cups of mashed ubi.

3. Cook over low heat with 1 can condensed mik and 1/4 cup margarine until thick, stirring all the time to prevent burning.

4. Mold in greased pans. Cool.