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Ube Halaya Recipe
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Ube Halaya Recipe
Ube Halaya Recipe

The very famous dessert/kakanin in the Philippines! Ube halaya is now conquering the international scene. This Ube halaya is my forever favorite dessert too (I bet everyone will agree to this). The secret to the best smooth ube purple yam dessert is using a grinder, an electric mixer or hand mixer and it taste even better with powdered milk.

How to make your Ube Halaya so smooth and without any lumps?

You can use a fine strainer and push it out using a spoon to make it really smooth. Try it today and enjoy cooking!



  • 1 kg ube (boiled til fork tender and coarsely ground)
  • 1 can condensed milk (regular size),
  • 1 can evaporated milk (regular size),
  • 1 (200g) pack of powdered milk*
  • Brown Sugar (add according to taste)
  • Butter (or margarine)
  • Violet/Purple Food coloring (optional)
  • Kalamansi rind (finely minced)

*Note: Powdered milk (this is optional, but we like using powdered milk together with condensed and evaporated milk because it makes the cooking process a bit faster)


  1. Boil and ground the ube (very finely). Add all other ingredients (condensed, evaporated milk, powdered milk, kalamansi rind and sugar). Combine these ingredients in a separate pot or large mixing bowl. Mix it well until smooth. (Use electric mixer, hand mixer or any blender)
  2. Cooking: Prepare to use a large wok or kawali (talyasi sa tagalog) if you want to make the mixing process easier.
  3. Use medium heat. Once the wok is hot, adjust heat to low and add some tablespoons of butter or margarine (Make sure butter doesn’t burn)
  4. Once the butter is melted, add the ube mixture. Using a large ladle, start stirring [or paddling] until the ube is cooked and the texture is so smooth.
  5. Once the ube is slightly cooled, you can use a fine strainer to remove any remaining lumps, push it out by using a spoon. It will come out super perfectly smooth!
  6. Prepare your llaneras: (or any molder). Grease the llaneras with butter or margarine to prevent the ube halaya from sticking to the surface. Cover your llaneras with cling plastic wrap and let it cool before transferring in the fridge. Serve and enjoy!

Update April 23, 2021: For parties or special gatherings, you may serve it in in small paper cups, sprinkled with cheese on top. 

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