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How to make iBos or Suman (Glutinous Rice in Banana Leaves)

Suman or Ibos is a traditional Filipino delicacy.  it is favorite Filipino dessert, some eat them for breakfast or during merienda time.


1 kg Glutinous Rice
1 tsp Salt
3-4 tbsp Sugar
3 small cans or 500 ml Coconut Milk
100 ml Water
medium or large size crushed Ginger
Banana Leaves

Heres how:

First pass the banana leaves over an open fire very quickly. This will make the banana leaves soft and it will not crack easily while wrapping your Suman. This will also give aroma to the leaves. Cut the banana leaves at desired sizes (about 15 cm) so that you can fold and wrap them neatly.

Now, wash the rice thoroughly. Put the rice in a non-sticky pan. Add all ingredients except the ginger. Cook it in very low heat while stirring it often to prevent the rice from sticking to the pan.

Squeeze in the ginger juice and keep stirring until the rice is soft and almost dry.  At this point the rice is not yet fully cooked.  Turn off the heat and let it cool for a while.

Put on each banana leaf around 2-3 tbsp. rice mixture and wrap it neatly and fold the two ends. (See the video above to get more idea).

After all rice mixture are being wrapped, put them in a steamer and cooked them for about 40-60 minutes.

Serve with hot chocolate!