Friday, November 4, 2011

Squash Bloghop: Sticky Rice with Pumpkin Coconut Compote

November is studded with family celebrations.  Of course there's Thanksgiving, when all of my kids will be going home, and it's our first in St. Louis.  Also, we will celebrate the birthdays of my two girls.  And one event I am really looking forward to is that I'm off to Orlando to see my Mama who will be flying in from the Philippines.  Along with my brother and aunt, they will be spending the Holidays here in the US.  They are  also here to attend my sister's and brother-in-law's 20th wedding anniversary party, which is turning out to be a huge affair.  My Mama's sisters from Canada are also flying in. I haven't seen my Mama for more than a year.  This is the first time too that all of my mom's sisters will be all together after so many years. Having said that, the excitement is killing me.  My thoughts run faster than my words, or better yet, they run faster than my fingers could strike the right key.

Like most family gatherings, I'm certain the center of activities will be around the dining table and the busiest part of the house will be the kitchen.  One of my aunts is a seasoned caterer in Manila, the other one is a fabulous baker who could compete of the title of being Canada's Cake Boss.  Not to be outdone is my brother in law who has already planned his menu and having my sister taste test his cooking. All of them plus me in the kitchen, I bet we will have our own version of Iron Chef battling in the kitchen stadium.    

And oh btw, we finally "moved"(after 7 weeks in STL) to our new place over the weekend and with the 4000th box (ok, I'm exaggerating, lol!) unpacked, I still managed to have the time to play around with my pumpkin recipe to share with you for this month's Squash Bloghop.  With my mom's pending arrival as my inspiration (and knowing how my mom and her sisters love deko or sticky rice) I tweaked one of my Mama's easy afternoon favorite snack Puto Maya.  Puto Maya is basically sticky rice boiled with coconut milk and topped with freshly grated coconut and sugar.  To make it extra special, and to go with Bloghop's theme this month, I added pumpkin coconut compote.  I bet once I introduce this dessert/snack to my mom and my aunts they will never look at puto maya the same way again, haha.

Sticky Rice with Pumpkin Coconut Compote
for the sticky rice we need:
3 cups rice
5 cups water
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cans coconut milk

Soak the rice with water for 20 minutes.  In a pan, pour the rice with water.  Add 2 more cups of water and 1 can of coconut milk, sugar and salt.  Bring it to a boil while stirring continuously to make sure that the rice won't stick to the bottom of the pan.

Continue to cook until the water is absorbed.  Add the other can of coconut milk. Let it simmer and cook until rice is tender but not mushy.  Set aside.

Now for the Pumpkin Coconut Compote, I adapted a Brazilian recipe from Weirdcombinations' blog. Click here for the recipe

Layer the sticky rice and the pumpkin compote and you get this:

Now remember pumkin yema balls  I posted last week?

When it's not rolled the mixture looks like so:
You could definitely use it as an alternative... and it is as good! All you  need are:
3 eggs
1 can condensed milk
1/2 can pumpkin puree
1 tbsp plain flour
a pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Cook in a double boiler.  Continue stirring until it thickens.  
Now, layer it with sticky rice and you have a warm dessert or snack to soothe you in this cold November rain.

November is #squashlove month!

Please join the #squashove fun by linking up any squash recipe from the month of November 2011. Don't forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #squashlove event! The twitter hashtag is #squashlove. :)

This month is co hosted by

Baker Street | Anuradha : @bakerstreet29
Bloc De Recetas | Salomé : @blocderecetas
Bon à croquer | Valerie : @valouth
Cafe Terra Blog | Terra : @cafeterrablog
Cake Duchess | Lora : @cakeduchess
Elephant Eats | Amy
Food Wanderings | Shulie : @foodwanderings
Hobby and More | Richa : @betit19
Mike's Baking | Mike : @mikesbaking
Mis Pensamientos | Junia : @juniakk
My Twisted Recipes | Dudut : @mytwistedrecipe
No One Like Crumbley Cookies | T.R : @TRCrumbley
Queens Notebook | Elizabeth : @mango_queen
Simply Reem | Reem : @simplyreem
Skip To Malou | Malou : @malou_nievera
Teaspoon Of Spice | Serena : @tspcurry
The Daily Palette | Annapet : @thedailypalette
The Professional Palette | Regan : @profpalate
The Spicy RD | EA : @thespicyrd
Vegan Miam | Rika : @veganmiam


  1. What gorgeous presentation M! I love sticky rice! The pumpkin coconut compote sounds super scrumptious!

  2. Compote sounds to fancy! I think hanging around you and Anuradha, I might just start to develop a sweet tooth! Happy to be cooking with you, G!

  3. What a great recipe! Love it. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  4. This is the most sosyal puto maya I've ever seen lol. Glad your Mama is coming over for the holidays. Fun indeed.

  5. I never knew it was called Puto Maya but I adore sticky rice with coconut and love love this unique version! Your photos are beautiful too!

  6. An: thanks for the sweet words An. Glad to be cooking with you .

    Annapet: with all the Macarons you're doing...well yes in due time.

    Weber: thanks fo dropping by and for the kind words.

    TagaTugue: haha it doesn't look like the ones we are used to ba? Haha.

    Deanna: hello and great to meet you. Thanks for the kind words.

  7. What a great spin on sticky rice. So good to be connected with you now!

  8. i love sticky rice! this looks delicious with the pumpkin compote. i think i can veganize this and make this gluten free too :D. sending some #applelove to you!

  9. The photos are stunning and all looks enticing. Kudos to you for doing this amid the busy time - but they're fun times!

  10. Hi Regan: Great to meet you too. This is a fun bloghop since i get to meet new friends and learn about food and culture.

    Junia: thanks Junia, you are an awesome host. You know how to stir up excitement and fun. yes squashlove you mean haha.. but I take applelove just the same hihi.

    Claudia: Yes my hubs calls it superpowers haha. But when there's fun involved who wouldn't want to dive in right? Happy weekend!

  11. very beautifully presented.. i love sticky rise desserts and this is just perfect for fall.. have an amazing weekend! and hope to see lots more squash cooking from u!

    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog

  12. Whoa! I need to make this and when I do be sure to tweet me "gaya, gaya puto-maya", LOL! Seriously, this is delish. And your pumpkin yemas look similar, but better though, than my Yemas de Kalabasa. What a wonderful reunion you're having. Be sure to post pics on all the food, memories & family fun. Enjoy, Malou! And welcome to your new home in STL! Cheers!

  13. Richa: thanks for the kind words. So gkad to meet you too.

    Betty ann: thank you for your well wishes. Ill definitely take pictures. I'm just too excited.


  14. Malou!!! I have two pumpkins here and I am too lazy to peel and make anything with them. Wish you were here! Yema???OMG..You are amazing. I love love love the compote and the dish WOW

  15. Gorgeous photos Malou! I'm so happy for you and your family to be together. Thanks for visiting us at Teaspoon of Spice often. We love cooking with you. I make sticky rice often in the winter to warm up my kiddies!

  16. This looks like quite a comforting dessert. I love the beautiful amber autumn colors.

  17. family coming over is i bet both exciting and fun! happy that your family will be spending holidays with you!

    thanks for sharing this recipe, i know the word puto maya but i didn't actually know what it is, until now...LOL!

    this is indeed a lovelye dessert!

    more #squashlove to you!

  18. That's a nice sweet! And I love the presentation, I really like your glasses!

  19. I love sticky rice and it sounds great with the pumpkin coconut compote! Lovely photos!

  20. Gorgeous presentation - really great photos! I adore sticky rice and I've never made it at home. This looks like a fantastic recipe! Congratulations to your sister and brother-in-law and I hope you enjoy a very happy visit with your family.

  21. I love holidays that center around food. Especially holidays that center around pumpkin! This sticky rice looks heavenly.

  22. Leilanie: I haven't tried it yet but they say the quickest way to slice a pumpkin is roasting it first. Others even used microwave!!! with that said, maybe you could use your pumpkin soon haha.

    Serena: Oh don't mention it, Im just glad I discovered your site. HOping to start a good "blog love" relationship hihi.

    Christine: Hello and love to see you around. Hugs to ALex!

    Dudut: Hello, glad to see you finally haha. Yeah puto maya has been around but not as popular as other biko recipes. Have a great Sunday

  23. Valerie: Hello yay you made it to squashlove, lemme swing by your place to say hello to!

    Mike: Hello again. Thanks for the compliments... will stop by today to your site too. have a great weekend.

    Joanne: Yeah we may sound like a scene from Big Fat Greek Wedding don't you think haha.. but yeah it would be a great time... fun times fun times!

  24. I think I've found a new love... delicious recipe, gorgeous photo's - just all around brilliant. So nice to meet you and look forward to trying this soon.

  25. Absolutely Gorgeous!!!!
    this dish not only sounds delicious but my dear you have presented it so beautifully....
    I love sticky rice, this sounds such an awesome recipe.
    need to try this one soon.

  26. A new dessert to me! but it looks so delicious!!!

  27. I love sticky rice and mango...or used to until I found out I was allergic to mango :( So this recipe is a perfect alternative!!! I love your presentation too!

  28. What a wonderful presentation and such a fun recipe...fantastic!
    I need to get on the ball with a squash recipe for this month :)
    And glad to hear that you are finally moved in...I want pics ;)

  29. Hun,

    This is my favourite part: sticky rice!!! I am addicted to sticky rice: savory or sweet. I just had sticky rice with coconut milk and mango at Suvarnabhumi Airport and it tasted great! But with Pumpkin Coconut Compote, sounds even yummy!

    Lots of squash love for ya!

    Love, Rika

  30. Georgie: Thanks for the kind words and the feelingis mutual, so great to know you too.

    Reem: Thank you for admiring the way I presented my dish, when you have your Mama as an inspiration, it makes a difference!

    Anh: Hello and thank you for stopping by.

    Amy: I'm glad i offered you an alternative and i feel sorry for you for being allergic to a luscious fruit.

    Alisha: Hello, lovely to see you again. Yes i'm slowly getting there, though there are a lot of things to be done yet.

    Rika: yeah mango is the usual partner but when paired with pumpkin compote or pumpkin yema it gave the same delightful taste. thank you!

  31. Love both your recipes and gorgeous photos too! My family loves sticky rice (and mango), but I've never made it before. Do you use a special rice to make it? Happy #squashlove!!!

  32. I'm all over that stick rice...looks so yummy!



  33. Looks like dessert from fancy restaurant Malou! I love the presentation and sticky rice is delicious and coconut is my favorite... YUM!

  34. Look at you changing up a family tradition, I love it! Your addition looks soooo pretty, AND delicious! Hugs, Terra


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