Purple Yam Recipe

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Purple yam is a very popular holiday sweet here in the Philippines. It is one of the traditional treat you can find in many important occasions. This is simply one of my favorite.

Purple yam

Purple yam is called in Filipino as Ube Halaya. I am not sure when did this recipe began. All I know is that my lola or grandmother and her sisters are the one in the family who are the expert in cooking this holiday dessert. This delicacy I believe is popular in provinces than in cities. I like this dessert not just because I am attracted to the purple color-which is my favorite color but because I simply love its taste. It’s not too sweet and is quite creamy. Some add dayap or lime flavor while others just leave it plain with lots of milk.

To garnish it some even topped it with grated cheese, macapuno preserves or served it together with custard flan or leche flan.

Ube cooking

If you want to make lots of it, they cook it in a big wok or pan. Some add glutinous rice dough to thicken it and as extender. Others use additional violet food color to enhance the color. When the ingredients are ready and the boiled ube is grated and mashed they are mixed together and manually mix over and over again until it thickens. This must be stir constantly to avoid it from sticking under the pan.

Ube cake


Because this dessert is popular, the ube flavor has evolved to other equally famous desserts like ube cake, ube ice cream, ube candies and ube cupcakes.

Ube cake simply looks wonderful. Puto or rice cupcakes and even commercial cupcakes with ube flavor has been available nowadays.

Ube ice cream

Ube ice cream is another great treat now served at birthday parties. The ice cream can go for plain ube flavor or comes in combination like ube-keso or ube and cheese and ube macapuno.

Ube ingredients

Ingredients used

Grated cooked purple sweet potato root crop
Glutinous rice dough or galapong as extender
Evaporated milk or coconut milk
Condensed milk
Brown sugar
Pinch of salt
Dayap or lime for flavoring
Butter

I have not tried to cook this by myself but someday I would surely try this and cook this one perfectly.


Photo credits:
http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/halaya/Interesting
http://www.cheapethniceatz.com/2010/09/26/project-food-blog-2010-butsi-with-ube-halaya/
http://pinoyamericanrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/11/ube-de-jalea-or-halaya-ube.html
http://dessertcomesfirst.com/archives/186/

Tags

Purple Color, Purple Colored Vegetables And Fruits, Ube Yam, Yam Recipe

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Wow that Yam is really purple, we only get the orange colored sweet potatoes and yams here in Canada at most grocery stores. You have to go to Chinatown to find purple yams.

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author avatar avery sandiego
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Its easy to grow this root crop here in the Philippines. Some are light colored and probably they just use food colorings for its vibrant color. Some round variety are really dark colored purple but very rare because some thought it has poison.

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author avatar hexebella
27th Dec 2011 (#)

yummy.....

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author avatar avery sandiego
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Wow never thought my purple yam would give me a star page..Thanks.

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author avatar Tess Irons
28th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks for the recipe, averygirl72. This is one of my favorite Filipino desserts.

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author avatar princess
28th Dec 2011 (#)

hexebella is right - `yummy' is the word! :) nice to meet you averygirl72.

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author avatar princess
28th Dec 2011 (#)

oh and congrats on the star page! :)

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author avatar Buzz
28th Dec 2011 (#)

Wow, I always love ube. Yummy talaga.

Dumadami na pinoy Wikinutters dito, kabs.

Happy New Year!

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author avatar avery sandiego
28th Dec 2011 (#)

Nice meeting everyone. Thanks. Yes Buzz Filipinos are everywhere..

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author avatar Denise O
28th Dec 2011 (#)

What a lovely color. I have only used the orange kind. Nice. page. Congrats on the star page. thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jules Castillo
29th Dec 2011 (#)

i love that Ube Dirty Icecream.....

for those who don't know, there is white Ube...and if we could meet ms averyl, i can give you some for a White Yam recipe..hehehe

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author avatar Jules Castillo
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Ube can grow here in the philippines even without cultivation....... you can find them in the wild but they are the same Ube that's sold in the market .... upland farmers leave thier plantation after the harvest of the last crop even if it still has plants. after a few years they will clear the area and plan again.

This is how it goes:
while clearing the area Gabi (taro) is planted first. the next day, they will plant corn.... and then once it is fully cleared, they will plant rice (the ones suitable for upland farming), after 3 months corn is havested...and then rice....second clearing will be done and then sweet potato or other root crops even pineapple will be planted....taro will be then ready for harvest and other crops planted follow in atleast a few months

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author avatar papaleng
30th Dec 2011 (#)

good recipe to try.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
13th Jan 2012 (#)

wow this all looks yummy :) thanks for sharing - I just need somewhere in the UK that sells yams ??

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