Rice Cake or Puto Maya

Puto Maya is a type of snack that is cook using the steaming method.  This is serve as snack in the morning or even in the afternoon.  A lot of people eat this with different dish such as Pancit (rice noodles), Dinuguan (Pork cooking pork blood).  Growing up my father always go to the market in the morning to get Puto Maya and Bread called Pandesal.  Pandesal and Puto Maya goes perfect and then added to that a cup of hot coffee oh my it’s perfect morning.

Anyway, I have not had this in a long time since I left Philippines. When I saw my friend posted her finished on Facebook the other day. I was thinking to myself, if she can make it I can definitely make it.  Story short, when I went to the market I bought some coconut milk to complete the ingredients for this recipes.  Alright let’s get started. Before I start with the recipes, remember some have different ideas of making this.  I made mine completely different than how other chef or cook do their Puto Maya.  So let’s get sarted.

On this recipes you need the following ingredients:

  1. 3 Cups of Glutinous rice
  2. 2 Can of coconut milk
  3. 1/2 a teaspoon salt to taste
  4. 2 tablespoon chopped ginger


  1. In your steamer add about 6 to 8 cups of water, depending on how big is your steamer. Since I use a big steamer I added about 8 cups of water.
  2. Then rinse your glutinous rice with water and then drain.  Wait for the water to start boiling and then add the rice on the steamer just like you see on the picture.
  3. Let is steam for about 30 minutes, and then add your chopped ginger to the rice.
  4. After 30 minutes I then added another an hour and 30 minutes to the clock.
  5. While the rice and ginger is steam mix the coconut, sugar and salt together. Mix it well.
  6. Start sprinkling coconut to the rice mix while it steaming.  You do this because the coconut is mixture is what make the difference on this procedure.  So in between the an hour and half don’t forget to sprinkle the coconut mixture to your glutinous and stir it to cook evenly.
  7. Once the time is up you can transfer the finished snack on the Pyrex or wrap it with banana leaves or even foil if you don’t have banana leaves on hand like me.
This is how it will look once it’s cook and ready to eat.

On mine I added another 10 minutes to get it a little sticky. Remember you have to use all the coconut mixture before the time is up.  When it’s finish you can serve it hot or cold whichever you prefer.  I like mine hot or even warm, and with a sprinkle of white sugar on the top.  That’s just how I eat it back when I was young and even now I still like it that way.  Let me know if you have any questions or have tried this recipe.

0 thoughts on “Rice Cake or Puto Maya

  1. This reminds me of rice pudding. I love any rice with coconut milk so I’m sure it’s tasty. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Ah you bring back my childhood memories. Every morning my Mom always have this at home. We ate this for breakfast and coffee, and am good for the morning!


  3. This looks like a delicious recipe. I do have coconut milk on hand occasionally but have never cooked with it. I would like to try the flavor on rice. We eat rice weekly here so this is a dish we can make one day!

    1. Thank you Rose. This is great for snacking or taking to work. Making this doesn’t really require much out of you but one thing to do is keep sprinkling the coconut mixture and monitoring the rice to make sure it’s cook evenly.

  4. This looks pretty good. I have never had rice with coconut milk before. I love rice though. It is one of my favorite foods and I eat it with a little sugar too.

    1. Oh the one you seen is where you caramelize sa sauce. You mix the brown sugar and coconut milk together, while your sticky rice is cooking on the rice cooker. The one I made above was cooked using the steaming method. You mix the white sugar, coconut milk and a little salt together , then use it to sprinkle your sticky rice while it’s steaming. I also added the ginger with the rice so the flavor will absorb to the rice.

  5. Ohhh!!!! I’m going to have to add this to my “exotic” recipe post that’s coming up in march!!! Thanks so much for the addition to my post! I’ll be sure to contact you when it gets published!

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