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Purple Yam (Ube Halaya)

5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: how to make purple yam, how to make ube halaya, purple yam, purple yam recipe, ube halaya, ube halaya recipe
Servings: 4 people
Author: Olive
I learned how to cook this from an aunt (one of my mother’s sister) who is a great cook (she actually cooks better than my mom), she knows how to make most of my favorite food including this.
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  • If using fresh, wash the purple yam thoroughly.
  • Peel and slice it into big chunks and boil until tender. 
  • You may also leave the peel if you find it hard to do so and just peel it after boiling, just make sure you washed it thoroughly, remember it’s a root crop..it’s DIRTY.
  • In a deep pot or saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the butter or margarine.
  • Stir to combine well and on medium high heat, cook until the mixture thickens.
  • You have to keep stirring while cooking to avoid lumps.
  • It will get harder to stir as it cooks, so make sure you change hands to give the other arm a work out too 🙂
  • Halfway through the cooking, add a tablespoon of butter.
  • Mix well and continue cooking until it starts to pull away from the sides of the pan/pot and when you get some, it doesn’t fall off the spoon.
  • Transfer the sweetened purple yam into well-buttered dish / dishes.
  • Add a pat of butter on top of the mixture and using the back of a spoon, level and smooth the purple yam.
  • That’s it!
  • This is optional but definitely adds more yum factor:
  • Top the purple yam with some sweetened macapuno before serving.
  • Enjoy! - Olive


I made these from fresh purple yam but you can also use the powdered form if you cannot really find fresh and have a craving for purple yam. You just add more milk if you find it too dry as you’re cooking it. And on texture..it’s my personal choice and preference, the traditional way of making it uses finely ground purple yam, which you can easily achieve with food processor or by using food mill or passing the grated yum through a fine mesh sieve.
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