How to Make Ube Halaya for Food Business

Halaya is a popular Filipino dessert recipe served on mostly every occasion, especially during fiesta and Christmas. It’s one of the all-time-favorite desserts of Filipinos here and abroad. Ingredients are very basic. The cooking part — continuously stirring from start to finish — is the hardest and can be quite exhausting.

Recipe #1


  • 1 kilo ube, boiled and grated
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • butter for greasing


  1. In a thick-bottomed pan, combine grated ube, coconut milk, evaporated milk and sugar.
  2. Cook over medium fire until very thick.
  3. Stir constantly to prevent sticking.
  4. Mold in greased pans. Cool.

Recipe #2


  • 2 lb ube (purple yam) (you can also buy powdered ube from Asian stores)
  • 250 g sugar
  • 1 cup sugar (or as desired)
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • butter


Boil yam until tender and cut into cubes, then grind in a food processor with sugar and coconut milk (if you have the powdered variety, mix ingredients). Transfer to a sauce pan, add the condensed milk (if starting from fresh) and cook over a low fire, stirring continuously. Continue stirring until the mixture turns into a thick paste and separates from the pan. Transfer to a shallow platter or pan and allow to cool. Serve.


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