Suman sa Lihiya Recipe

October 16, 2013
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2018)

How to cook Suman sa Lihiya

Suman sa Lihiya Recipe is a famous Filipino dessert from south Luzon in the Philippines. Like any other suman, this is made up of glutinous rice or sticky rice, brown sugar and coconut milk but it is flavored with lye solution or lihiya in Tagalog, which gives a distinction of this tasty dessert, it is then tightly wrapped in banana leaf.

This Suman sa Lihiya is best served with latik sauce on top or grated coconut meat along with your favorite beverages like hot chocolate or coffee. Latik is from the coconut milk residue when it’s cooked.

Cooking Suman sa Lihiya is a little time consuming but it’s worth it.

suman sa lihiya recipe

Suman sa Lihiya Cooking Procedure:


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Suman sa Lihiya Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 18 mins
Total Time1 hr 33 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Eduardo Joven


Coconut Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

For Suman:

  • 2 1/2 cups glutinous rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. lye solution
  • oil for brushing
  • Banana leaves wilted for wrapping
  • String (optional)


  • Soaked Glutinous Rice for an hour or you can just wash and rinse the glutinous rice 4 times using a strainer and place in a bowl.
  • Add lye solution and salt and mix it thoroughly. In a big saucepan pour 3 cups of water and bring to a boil, then add the glutinous rice mixture.
  • Transfer the gas mark to low heat and stir continuously for about 20 minutes.
  • Transfer under cooked suman on a platter and scatter evenly to cool down faster.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan combine the coconut milk and brown sugar over low heat and stir occasionally until mixture becomes thick and syrupy.
  • Turn off the heat and let the syrup cools down at room temperature.
  • Brush wilted banana leaf with oil lightly to avoid suman mixture from sticking.
  • Place a desired portion of sticky rice onto the banana on a greased side, cover, roll and fold both ends towards the center and tightly secure it with a string if using one. Or you can wrap the way you want either rectangular, triangle or square, using your signature wrapping skills.
  • This recipe can yield a dozen of suman. Suman needs to be wrapped tightly to avoid leakage when steaming.



suman sa lihiya recipe

Suman sa Lihiya is really delectable in every bite, this Filipino delicacy is great for an afternoon snack.

suman sa lihiya recipe

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  • Reply
    suman sa lihiya
    September 13, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Kuya ok lang ba walang niyog na luto? yung sauce lang?
    medyo makati kasipag may niyog na luto.
    pero salamat sa recipe mukang masarap talaga sya πŸ™‚

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    Danica Marie Abrigo

    October 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

    So yummy!

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    Emmanuel Magat

    October 27, 2013 at 6:36 am

    OMG! Suman. May paborito lalo na kung luto ni lola. :))

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    October 24, 2013 at 1:46 am

    sarap nman yumyumyum

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    Lelorvina Belandres

    October 22, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Wow…suman sa lihiya. Paboritong lutuin ni Nanay noong nabubuhay pa siya. Nalala ko tuloy si Inay lalo na ngaung mag-u-undas πŸ™‚

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    mary jane hernandez

    October 22, 2013 at 6:04 am

    i love to cook, Pinoy recipe would be great help for me. i love suman…

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    Janice Reyes Cunanan
    October 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I love suman lihiya, i have missed the day when Grand ma cook this for us….

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    October 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

    would love to try it

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    Irishielle Guevara

    October 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

    yummy! a must try recipe..

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    October 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Ang sarap nito! Na try ko na, Super SARAP!

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    October 19, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Sarap naman nyan… πŸ™‚

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    Arwin Cobar

    October 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I will try this πŸ™‚ thanks for the procedure πŸ™‚

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    October 17, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Pinoyrecipe is very helpful giving tips of the ingredients to cook a food.

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    Elinor Semira

    October 17, 2013 at 4:20 am

    i so love suman. it reminds me so much of my childhood days coz my aunt in the province used to cook this when we were younger especially during our summer vacation there.

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    October 17, 2013 at 2:43 am

    sa picture pa lang katakaw na gagawin ko toh

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    Belinda Ibanez

    October 16, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    So yummy!! miss this food.

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    Joseph A Hawkshaw

    October 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    food looks awesome im getting hungry now.

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