Filipino Puto Galapong Recipe

Puto is a rice cake. Galapong is wild yeast extracted from glutinous rice to helps rice cakes rise. You’ll need to grind the galapong from the rice using a stone grinder or a food processor. In this recipe we’ll prepare the galapong before preparing the puto. Serves 4 to 6.


  • 6 cups of Galapong Bigas from rice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 ¾ cups refined sugar
  • 1 teaspoon annatto seed
  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk
  • salted red eggs
  • cheese of your choice, grated
  • banana leaves

Cooking Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the galapong, sugar and annatto seed. Add in coconut milk and beat until smooth.
  2. In a muffin pan, lined with banana leaves, fill with mixture. Steam for 25 to 35 minutes. Just before their finished cooking, top with cheese and egg. Complete cooking.