Suman sa lihiya is a popular Philippine delicacy from one of its main islands, specifically the southern part of Luzon. It’s been a part of the everyday lives of Filipinos – from a snack to enjoy with family and friends to a comfort food for you. It is similar to its suman cousins made up of glutinous rice, brown sugar, and coconut milk, but it has an added twist to the taste due to the lihiya which means lye solution.
Though it might take time making this recipe, it would be all worth it in the end. An upside to this recipe is that it does not need that much ingredients. The main ingredients are glutinous rice, lye water, and banana leaves for wrapping. It is usually served with latik sauce and sprinkled with grated coconut.
Its sweet taste and chewy texture will definitely delight children and people who are fond of sweets. This food will go well with your favorite beverages such as hot coffee or warm chocolate drinks. Go over this Suman sa Lihiya recipe to finally make your own blissful dish craft from the comforts of your home.
Suman sa Lihiya Recipe
- 2 cups glutinous rice
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 small panutsa
- 1 cup muscovado sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp lye water
- banana leaves
- Wash the glutinous rice
- Soak the rice in 2 cups of water and 1 tsp of lye water for at least 2 -3 hours.
- Melt the panutsa in a pan with the coconut milk and muscovado sugar.
- Heat the banana leaf, this is to prevent it from breaking apart when covering the rice cake.
- Drain the rice and scoop 4 spoon full then put it on the banana leaf.
- Wrap and secure the rice with the banana leaf.
- Tie with a string to prevent the water getting inside the rice when boiled.
- Tie the pieces together as shown on the video.
- Boil for 1 - 1.5 hours.
- Top with the syrup and serve.