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How to Cook Puto Maya in a Rice Cooker

By 11:36 AM

Puto Maya is one of the most well-loved delicacy in the Philippines. It's great for breakfast or as an afternoon snack! People love it so much that it is available all year round especially in markets. Despite it's popularity, not many people cook it at home on a regular basis because traditional Puto Maya is cooked in a putohan or a large steamer and not all households have these old-school gadgets. This is why most Pinoys prefer to buy it from their favorite putohan. However, I have good news for you if you want to know how to cook Puto Maya without using a steamer or a putohan, you can just use your friendly rice-cooker and make this sweet and rich treat anytime at home! Although I haven't tried cooking puto maya in a pressure cooker, I'm going to try that in the future to see if it will cut the cooking time.

Since rice is a staple food in the Philippines, majority of the households have rice cookers because it makes life a little easier for the homemakers. But did you know that you can use it to cook other delicacies aside from rice? 

Well, technically, Puto Maya is made of rice. Glutinous rice that is. :)

Ready to learn how to cook puto maya the easy way?


  • 3 cups Glutinous rice
  • 4 cups Coconut milk 
  • 1 cup Sugar (or less)
  • 1 pic small ginger root, peeled and smashed
  • sprinkle of salt


  • Wash and soak glutinous rice in water for at least 2-3 hours
  • Drain then place glutinous rice in your rice cooker. 
  • Mix coconut milk, sugar and salt in a bowl then pour mixture over the rice, mix well
  • Cover with lid then turn rice cooker on, let it cook until it comes to a boil
  • Add ginger and stir to make sure that sugar and salt are dissolved
  • Cover and continue to cook until rice is fully cooked
  • Discard ginger and serve your puto maya with ripe mangoes, brown sugar or sikwate.

Was that easy or what?

Do you have other techniques on how to cook puto maya easily? Lemme know in the comments!

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  1. Have you tried in a pressure cooker? Would love to know how that goes. Trying the rice cooker right now.