Filipino Recipe: Suman Malagkit Added with Coconut Caramel Sauce

Filipino Recipe Suman Malagkit Added with Coconut Caramel Sauce

Have you tasted suman malagkit (rice cake) with latik (coconut caramel sauce)? It’s one of the most delectable suman you will ever get to taste!

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Suman is one of the top favorite foods that are made from sticky rice. Aside from this delicious food, other famous treats include biko, bibingka, kutsinta, puto, and the like. While all of these are just as delicious, this time, let’s talk about suman and what makes it special. Below is also a suman lalagkit recipe that will serve as your guide in case you want to make one yourself.

Filipino Food

If you browse the Internet for suman malagkit recipe, you will find that there are several versions of this delicious Filipino food. And if you notice, the process is a bit tedious, that’s why most people prefer to buy this dish from local vendors in the market than make one from scratch at home. But what’s good about making this recipe is that, its ingredients are easy to obtain and inexpensive as well. You will only need sticky rice, coconut milk, banana leaves, sugar, and salt. You might already have most of the items in your kitchen.

A plain suman is a rice cake rolled in banana leaves. It’s better eaten together with mango fruit or hot cocoa drink. But most prefer creamy and sweet coconut caramel sauce as the partner of suman malagkit. It’s heavenly luscious, just thinking about its taste has everyone salivating.

Suman Malagkit Recipe

So here’s a suman recipe that is quite simple and very easy to make. All you have to do is follow the written instruction. If you are confused about something, watch the video below.

A quick suggestion: use a pot big enough to accommodate the number of pieces you are going to cook. This way, your suman pieces will not swim around and end up misshapen. It is also recommended that you use matured banana leaves (those that are already yellowing) as it’s more flexible and not prone to cracking during rolling. In case only raw leaves are available, heat them with gas flames too before using.

Easy-to-Follow Suman Malagkit Recipe

Ingredients for the suman:

  • 1 (13.5 ounces) coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups glutinous rice

Other things needed for the recipe:

  • Banana leaves
  • Pot just large enough to fit suman and enough water to cover for boiling

Ingredients for the coconut caramel sauce:

  • 1 (13.5 ounces) can coconut milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. In a bowl, place rice and cold water just enough to cover the rice. Soak for about an hour, then drain well.
  2. Meanwhile prepare banana leaves by cutting stiff ends. Cut into 10 x 10 inch squares. If leaves feel stiff, briefly pass over gas flames for about 10 to 20 seconds until pliable.
  3. In a pot, combine coconut milk, sugar, and salt. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Add rice and stir to disperse.
  4. Over medium heat, cook rice, stirring occasionally to prevent from sticking and burning, until liquid is absorbed but rice is half-done.
  5. Remove from heat and let it cool down a bit. Place about 2 to 3 heaping tablespoonfuls on banana leaf and shape into logs, leaving about an inch on sides. Roll banana leaves tightly around the rice to form a log and fold both edges to seal.
  6. In a pot, arrange suman with folded side down and add enough water to cover at about 1-inch. Place a layer of banana leaves over suman and cover pot with lid. If there’s room in your pot for the suman to move freely, place a light plate on top of suman to weigh down.
  7. Over medium heat, cook for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until rice is fully cooked. With tongs, remove suman from water and allow to cool. To serve, peel leaves and drizzle suman with coconut caramel sauce.

For the Coconut Caramel Sauce

  1. In a sauce pot over medium heat, combine coconut milk, brown sugar and salt and whisk together until sugar and salt are dissolved.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil. Continue to cook, stirring regularly, for about 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is reduced and thickened.

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