Puto Bumbong (Without Bamboo Steamer)

Puto Bumbong Recipe

You know it’s Christmas time in the country when you start seeing those steaming bamboo shoots beside the churches and other public places.

I myself sometimes crave for them, but sometimes it’s a hassle to go out in crowded places.

Good news is that you can make these goodies at home even without those custom made bamboo steamers or bumbong! Learn how in this easy recipe.

Puto Bumbong Recipe

Puto Bumbong (Without Bamboo Steamer) Recipe

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Filipino


  • 3 ½ cup glutinous rice flour
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tsp violet food color or until you reach desired color


  • Margarine or butter
  • Fresh grated coconut meat niyog
  • White sugar or brown sugar
  • Grated cheese optional


  • Steamer
  • Banana leaves or aluminum foil Wash the banana leaves then dry and run the leaves through heat before greasing


  • Grease banana leaves with margarine or butter then set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix together glutinous rice flour (malagkit), water and violet food color. You can also use purple yam powder or fresh boiled yam (ube) for color and flavor if available.
  • Mix well until it become like dough in consistency.
  • Roll dough into a ball then shape into a log. Then put it over greased banana leaves.
  • Repeat process until you finish all the dough.
  • Transfer it in the steamer with the banana leaves to see if it will fit.
  • Steam puto bumbong in low heat for 3-4 minutes. Wrap lid with cotton cloth or cheese cloth to avoid water dripping to the puto bumbong.
  • Stack 3 pieces of puto bumbong together. Spread margarine or butter on top while still hot. Put some fresh grated coconut meat (niyog) and sprinkle some sugar either white or brown sugar.To finish top it with grated cheese.

Image: youtube.com (Sarapchannel)

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