Puto pao is a popular Filipino steamed rice cake that is often served as a snack or as a side dish. It is made from glutinous rice flour and is typically filled with savory meat or sweet fillings such as ube (purple yam) or coconut jam (latik). In this blog post, we will go over the detailed procedure and recipe for how to make puto pao at home.
- Prepare the ingredients: The first step in making puto pao is to gather all of the necessary ingredients. These include glutinous rice flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, water, and the filling of your choice (such as cooked meat or sweet fillings).
- Make the batter: In a mixing bowl, combine the glutinous rice flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well combined. Gradually add water and mix until a smooth batter forms.
- Fill the pao: Take a small amount of the batter and put it into the mold, about 2/3 full. Add your desired filling on top of the batter. Add more batter on top of the filling and smooth out the surface.
- Steam the puto pao: Heat a steamer and place the puto pao molds into the steamer. Steam the puto pao for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the steamer and cool: Carefully remove the puto pao from the steamer and let it cool for a few minutes. Gently remove the puto pao from the molds and place it on a serving plate.
- Serve and enjoy: You can serve puto pao as is or with a side of butter or latik. Enjoy your homemade Puto Pao warm, it’s best eaten while it’s still warm and fresh.
Puto pao is a delicious and versatile dish that can be made with a variety of fillings to suit your tastes. Whether you prefer savory or sweet, this recipe is a great starting point for experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. With a little practice, you’ll be able to make perfect Puto Pao at home for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
Note: You may also use a rice cooker, electric steamer, and even oven with the same procedure. Be sure to adjust the cooking time according to the equipment you’re using.
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