Make This Black Sesame Suman at Home For Your Media Noche

One of the desserts most associated with the holiday (and the way we celebrate it here in the Philippines) is suman, which makes perfect sense when it goes so well with a hot cup of tsokolate. With its subtle in flavor and delightfully sticky texture, as well as the convenient (and zero-waste) way that it is wrapped, suman makes for an easy treat to keep knocking down one by one.

Another reason to make this recipe? Finally learning how to work with banana leaves—an essential Pinoy life skill.

Suman is likely easier to make than most people think, with the bulk of the time going to heating the banana leaves, and waiting for the suman to steam. We added some black sesame to this basic suman recipe to introduce a bite of flavor that doesn’t overwhelm or overtake the classic taste of this classic sweet.

Black Sesame Suman



Serving Size

20 people

Active Time

1 hour and 20 minutes

Total Time

2 hours

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add milk, black sesame seeds, sugar, and rice.
  2. Stir until mixture comes up to a simmer, then place lid on the pot and let cook until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let rice cool completely.
  4. Take banana leaves and heat to prevent breakage.
  5. Cut into rectangles.
  6. Take one piece of banana leaf and lay about 4 tablespoons of the rice mixture in the center.
  7. Roll to seal.
  8. Once all are rolled, place in a steamer and steam until firm, about 40-50 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely and serve.

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