Suman sa Lihiya Recipe
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5 from 23 votes

Suman sa Lihiya Recipe

Suman sa Lihiya Recipe is a delicious Filipino rice cake snack made from glutinous rice, lihiya (lye water) and wrap in banana leaves, then steamed to cook.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 18 mins
Total Time1 hr 33 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Filipino Desserts, Kakanin Recipes, Rice Recipe, Suman
Servings: 4
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Ed 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.


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Serving: 100g | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 17mg | Sugar: 10g