Lelut Ginataang Mais Recipe, the Easiest Filipino Dessert to Make

Recipe Pinterest pin of Yellow bowl of Ginataang Mais, a Filipino dessert of glutinous white rice and kernel corn cooked in coconut milk

Ginataang Mais, or Lelut Mais in Kapampangan is one of my favorite Filipino desserts. The ginataang mais ingredients are few, making it one of the easiest Filipino dessert recipes to make.

Ginataang Mais is a Filipino sweet corn dessert made from corn, coconut milk, and glutinous sweet rice (hence the name ginataang mais at malagkit).

It’s like a porridge or coconut rice pudding. It’s eaten in the Philippines as a light midday snack (merienda) or for dessert. It can be eaten warm or cold.

It’s usually vegan-by-default, but you never know if someone may add cow’s milk so make sure to ask.

I’ve made this Filipino dessert for non-Filipinos & everyone always loves it! I highly recommend making this for potlucks and parties.

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Variations of Ginataang Mais

While the base of all Ginataang Mais is corn, coconut milk, and glutinous sweet rice and is good as is, you can add additional ingredients to your taste.

Here’s some variations of ginataang mais:

  • Ginataang mais with langka (jackfruit)
  • Ginataang mais with bilo bilo (glutinous rice flour balls)
  • Ginataang mais with sago (tapioca pearls)

Language Learning Bits

Ginataang Mais in English translates to corn cooked in coconut milk.

  • Mais = corn
  • Ginataang = cooked in coconut milk
  • Malagkit = sticky/glutinous (in Tagalog – “lakatan” in Kapampángan)
  • Merienda = light snack or meal

Ginataang Mais Ingredients

Yellow bowl of Ginataang Mais, a Filipino dessert of glutinous white rice and kernel corn cooked in coconut milk

Lelut Ginataang Mais Recipe

Yield: 10-15 people


Ginataang Mais Ingredients


How to Make Ginataang Mais

  1. Add coconut milk & water to a large pot on medium heat.
  2. Add glutinous sweet rice (Optional: Soak for 1 hour or overnight prior to speed up cooking).
  3. Stir occasionally and cook for 15 minutes (uncovered).
  4. Add fresh corn and cook until rice is soft, 10-20 more minutes.
  5. Add creamed corn, sugar & salt, and stir.
  6. Add more sugar (or less) to your liking.
  7. Cook for another 5 more minutes.
  8. Eat Ginataang Mais immediately or let cool. Store in tupperware in fridge. Will last up to 1-2 weeks in fridge.


  • If you don’t have fresh corn, 1 can of regular canned corn will work.
  • If you have more coconut milk, instead of water you can just add another can of coconut milk.
  • If you only have 1 can of coconut milk, cook rice in water first (2 cans worth) & add coconut milk near the end.
  • Ginataang Mais can be made with day old rice, but sweet glutinous rice is better and what separates it from regular coconut rice pudding.

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