Suman (Sticky Rice in Banana Leaf)

Suman (Sticky Rice in Banana Leaf)

Suman is a Filipino dish of sticky rice wrapped in banana or coconut leaves. There are numerous varieties of suman with each region having its own version of the dish.


Soak malagkit in water for an hour or until grains are swollen. Drain.

Add salt and coconut milk. Mix well.

Prepare ibus then fill with rice mixture. Seal tubes and tie with strips of the ibus.

Arrange the suman in a big saucepan and cover with water. Cover the pot and
boil for 2 hours or until cooked.

Serve with sugar or ripe mango.


How to wrap a Suman Sa Ibus:

Fold the end of the buri leaf by 1 ½ inches.

Fold the bottom edge into a triangle.

Start rolling up the buri leaf in an overlapping manner.

Roll up the buri to make a tube.

Attach a small piece of wooden pick to secure the tube.

Fill the tube with malagkit.

Seal the ibus tube.

Tie with strips of buri.


  • 3 cups malagkit rice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups thick coconut milk
Serves 5
2 Hours

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