Cinniejen’s Puto de Ube

This is a shared recipe by Cinniejen De Sello This recipe is her entry to the ongoing Panlasang Pinoy Recipe Contest . Do you want to earn extra bucks for your recipe? Submit your recipe now!

Making ube flavored puto is easy and fun. If in case you want to make other varieties, you can still use this recipe and add the flavor that you desire (don’t forget to remove the ube). There are countless ways to make your desired rice cake with this recipe.

Puto with stuffing? No problem, add meat or any stuffing that you want, but put moderate amounts of stuffing to maintain the size and avoid deformations while baking.


2 cups uncooked rice

1  1/2 cups water

1 cup sugar

2 cups mashed ube (purple yam)

1/4 cup evaporated milk

4 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 cup butter


1. Wash rice and soak in water overnight then grind until the texture is fine. Use a native stone grinder, a corn meal grinder, or a meat grinder to do this.

2. Clean the purple yam by brushing. Rinse with water.

3. Cook the purple yam by placing in boiling water until the texture is soft.

4. Remove the purple yam from the pot and let the temperature cool down then peel the skin. Place in a mixing bowl then mash.

5. Add the ground rice and mash. Remove lumps by letting the mixture pass through a strainer or sifter.

6. Add sugar and butter then mix well.

7. Add coconut milk and baking powder. Mix thoroughly.

8. Pour the mixture into puto molds or spoon it into individual molds. Only 2/3 of the mold’s capacity should be filled.

9. Arrange the molds in a steamer over boiling water and cover.

10. Place cheese and/or salted egg (pulang itlog) over each puto.

11. Check if steaming is complete by using the toothpick test. Insert a toothpick in a piece of rice cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, this means that you are done.

12. Remove from the molds and serve with grated coconut.


  1. Gloria says:

    Can we also use a food processor to grind the soaked rice? Will the consistency be the same? Thanks

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