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Suman sa Gata Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 10
Author: Eduardo Joven -


  • 2 cups glutinous rice “malagkit or pilit “
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk “gata”
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. red sago optional
  • Banana leaves wilted for wrapping

Sweetened Coconut:

  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract optional


  • In a strainer wash glutinous rice and transfer in a saucepan. Mix glutinous rice, coconut milk, water, sugar, salt and red sago “tapioca pearls” if using one.
  • Heat the pan over a low heat until it simmer. Mix continuously until the glutinous rice absorbs all the liquid mixture. Fire off, and let it cool before wrapping in a wilted banana leaf.
  • To prepare the banana leaves, run the banana leaf over a stove top flame on low, one at a time just enough to wilt the leaves.
  • Cut wilted banana leaves into 8×8 inches and fold in angle and roll to form a cone. Fill banana leaf with 3 tablespoons of glutinous rice mixture and press down lightly with the back of your spoon to flatten.
  • Twist the top of the leaf to seal the mixture, then tie with a string. Continue with the remaining rice mixture until done. In a casserole put the extra leaves at the bottom, then arrange wrapped suman “But-ong” and fill with water just enough to cover it.
  • Boil over on a low heat for about 1½ hour or until glutinous rice are fully cooked.