RECIPE : Puto Maya

Puto Maya on Banana Leaf

Puto is the classic Filipino rice cake traditionally made by steaming. But since it is intensive work, you can modify to make a easy version in a rice cooker or pot. This recipe for Puto Maya yields 12 servings.



1 and 1/2 cups of malagkit (glutinous or sticky rice)
1 cup regular rice
2 and 3/4 cups gata (coconut milk)
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 cups grated coconut


1.  Combine the two types of rice in a pot.

2.  Add the coconut milk and water. Stir well.

3. Boil the mixture for 20 minutes or until the rice is soft and fully cooked.

4. Use a spoon to pack the rice firmly into muffin molds. Let cool.

5.  Once cool, remove the rice cakes from the molds and transfer to a serving dish.

6. Top with grated coconut and sugar just before serving.

Puto maya is often paired with slices of ripe mango and a hot sikwate chocolate drink.

The Tagalog phrase gaya-gaya puto maya is used to mock someone who is trying to copy someone else (gaya means “to imitate”). The inclusion of the phrase putomaya is not only a rhyme; it could also be an allusion to the fact that puto maya is trying to be a replacement for real puto.