Monday, October 18, 2010

Kulinarya Cooking Club October Challenge--Suman!

I have a confession to make, prior to October's KCC challenge, making suman never really appealed to me. I don't have a particular reason, it's just that cakes and pastries have always been easier and more practical to make (at least for me.) And when thinking of desserts, native kakanin or rice cakes don't automatically come to mind. But thanks to our hosts Sheryl and Divina I'm now compelled to flex my kakanin-making skills!
I wanted to make suman that was entirely mine, so I was racking my brain for inspiration as well as perusing through cookbooks and online recipes. Lo and behold, the answer was right inside the cupboard. I remember buying this variety of Ifugao Mountain Rice on the way back from our province last month and when we cooked it for dinner one night, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was actually more like malagkit or glutinous rice than ordinary rice. So we forgot all about it and kept it in the back of the cupboard until I found it the other day and decided to use it for making my suman.
I was winging the recipe so my measurements are not so exact...
Ifugao Mountain Rice 1 cup
Coconut Milk 2 1/2 cups
Sugar 1 cup
Calamansi Peel 1 whole
Calamansi Juice 1 tablespoon
Banana Leaves

Combine uncooked rice, 2 cups coconut milk, sugar and calamansi peel and juice in a pan. Stir over medium heat. Cook mixture until rice has absorbed the coconut milk and is almost dry. Cool Mixture.
Pass banana leaves over open fire to make them pliable. Lay the leaf and spoon enough cooked rice to wrap. Carefully fold banana leaves and tie with extra strips of leaf. Put the parcels in a pot and cover with enough water and the remaining coconut milk. Cook until the liquid has almost dried up, about 40 minutes. Take out the parcels and cool them.

LLook at that color--all natural, no food color added!

They say nice things come in wrapped packages

They are right--Ifugao Mountain Rice Suman!

After I cooked this, I brought it with me to work and shared it with my friends who found the color very appealing. It was different from the usual suman because the rice had a nutty texture to it, otherwise it was very delicious. Oh and when I looked it up, I think this type of rice is called Pirurutong.

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Divina Pe said...

Wow, the color of the rice is beautiful... and your suman is great..

Oggi said...

Black rice suman, yummy! They look so pretty too.

cusinera said...

That looks really good, I saw some purple rice in one of the filo shops here but when I came back they are all gone..thanks for showing how it's cook=) Never cook this kind of rice before...

Joyti said...

Yum! I've used purple rice, but mine wasnt such a deep and beautiful color..

Olive said...

I love your version of suman, it looks like dark chocolate rice :)

Unknown said...

That looks great. I have yet to find black rice by me.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is such a wonderful treat! I love black rice.



Kris Ngoei said...

Looks like the Thai black sticky rice.... quite a challenge, I always think this rice needs certain skill to deal with it, but you have done a good job :-)

Btw, good luck for the weekend market in Nov.... need any help? :-)

chef_d said...

Thank you for all your nice comments.
@Kris--yes I definitely need help :)

Annie said...

Wow, the black rice looks so dramatic, Dahlia.

Cherrie Pie said...

wow, look at that colour. Love how it's unique