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Suman Mais

This is another way of enjoying cornmeal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: cornmeal, darak, mais, maize, suman
Servings: 6 pieces
Author: Bebs Lott


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 pieces banana leaves cut into squares approx 6 in. x 6 in. (for wrapping)


  • Prepare the banana leaves wrapper by cutting them into 6 in. by 6 in. Turn on your stove and pass the leaves on top of the fire being careful not the burn them. This will make the leaves softer and much easier to fold when wrapping the suman.
  • In a bowl. Add all ingredients and mix well until incorporated. The mixture should be cohesive or stick together.
  • Take one banana leaf and lay it down on a plate. Scoop 1 ½ tbsp of the cornmeal mixture and lay it on top - in a rectangular shape (3½ in. by 1 in) - of the leaf.
  • Carefully fold the banana leaf together with the cornmeal until you reach the edge. Then fold the open sides to seal the suman. Repeat the process until you finish all of the cornmeal.
  • Place them on the streamer folded-side-down and steam for an hour. Cook time may differ depending on the steamer or the way you steamed them.
  • Let cool down and serve. Bon Appetit!


You can use a large pot and place a trivet at the bottom as an alternative for a steamer.