Puto is the classic Filipino rice cake traditionally made by steaming. But since it is intensive work, Filipinos came up with an easy version based on using rice from a regular cooker or pot.
The Tagalog phrase gaya-gaya puto maya is used to mock someone who is trying to copy someone else (gaya means “to imitate”). The inclusion of the phrase putomaya is not only a rhyme; it could also be an allusion to the fact that puto maya is trying to be a replacement for real puto.
This recipe for Puto Maya yields 12 servings.
INGREDIENTS FOR MAKING PUTO MAYA
1 and 1/2 cups of malagkit (glutinous or sticky rice)
1 cup regular rice
2 and 3/4 cups gata (coconut milk)
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 cups grated coconut
PROCEDURE FOR MAKING PUTO MAYA
1. Combine the two types of rice in a pot.
2. Add the coconut milk and water. Stir well.
3. Boil the mixture for 20 minutes or until the rice is soft and fully cooked.
4. Use a spoon to pack the rice firmly into muffin molds. Let cool.
5. Once cool, remove the rice cakes from the molds and transfer to a serving dish.
6. Top with grated coconut and sugar just before serving.
Puto maya is often paired with slices of ripe mango and a hot sikwate chocolate drink.