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Ube halaya

Ube halaya
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Top: ube halaya is distinctively naturally purple
Bottom: ube halaya topped with latík
Alternative namesUbe jam, Halayang ube, Purple yam jam
Place of originPhilippines
Serving temperaturecold
Main ingredientsMashed purple yam, coconut milk and/or condensed milk, and butter

Ube halaya or halayang ube (variant spellings halea, haleya; from the Spanish jalea, "jam") is a Philippine dessert made from boiled and mashed purple yam (Dioscorea alata, locally known as ube).[1] Ube halaya is also used in pastries and other desserts such as halo-halo and ice cream. It is also commonly anglicized as ube jam, or called by its original native name, nilupak na ube.


The main ingredient is peeled and boiled purple yam which is grated and mashed. The mashed yam, with condensed milk and/or sweetened coconut milk, are added to a saucepan where butter or margarine had been melted. The mixture is stirred until thickened. Once thickened, the mixture is cooled down and placed on a platter or into containers of various shapes.

Ube halaya is typically served cold, after refrigeration. Optional topping includes browned grated coconut or condensed milk.


Ube halaya is a type of nilupak (mashed/pounded starchy food with coconut milk and sugar) which has several variants that use other types of starchy root crops or fruits. Generally, the term halaya is reserved for nilupak made with ube, while nilupak is more commonly used for variants made with mashed cassava or saba bananas. Variants made from sweet potato and taro can be known as either halaya or nilupak.

Ube macapuno

Ube halaya served with macapuno (coconut sport) is a notable combination known as ube macapuno. The combination is also used in other ube recipes, like in ube cakes and ube ice cream.[2][3]

Camote halaya

Camote halaya, sometimes known as "camote delight" or "sweet potato jam", is a variant that uses mashed sweet potato (camote) instead of ube. It is prepared identically to ube halaya. It has a light yellow color.[4][5] It is traditionally known as nilupak na kamote, especially when served on banana leaves.[6]

Halayang kalabasa

Halayang kalabasa, also known as "squash halaya" or "pumpkin jam", is a variant that uses mashed calabaza (kalabasa). It is prepared identically to ube halaya. It is typically orange to light brown in color.[7][8]


Binagol is a unique version from the Eastern Visayas which use mashed taro corms. It is distinctively sold in halved coconut shells. It can range in color from creamy white to brown.[9]

Nilupak na ube at gabi

Nilupak na ube at gabi is a Tagalog version that combines ube with taro corms.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Halayang Ube-Purple Yam Jam".
  2. ^ Belen, Jun. "Ube, the Purple Yam: Why Filipinos Love Purple Sweet Treats". Junblog. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ Veneracion, Connie. "Ube – macapuno dessert". Casa Veneracion. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Kamote Halaya Recipe (Sweet Potato Dessert)". Petite Rosie. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  5. ^ "How to cook the famous Camote Delight Dessert". Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Nilupak Recipe". Pinoy Recipe At Iba Pa. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Halayang Kalabasa ( Pumpkin Jam)". Tagalog Kitchen. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Halayang Kalabasa". Pinoy Hapagkainan. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Leyte Pasalubong". Our Awesome Planet. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  10. ^ "NILUPAK na UBE at GABI". Tagalog Kitchen. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  • Alejandro, R., & Tettoni, L. (2012). Authentic Recipes from the Philippines. New York: Tuttle Pub.