Weekend Attempts: Making Easy UBE Halaya (Purple Yam Jam) With Just Five Ingredients

 I finally got some UBE FIX after months of waiting. I always look for Ube or Purple Yam whenever my mom and I go to the market but I usually don't see anyone selling it. Yesterday, I saw someone post about it on Facebook so I ordered instantly. It was so funny because after ordering it, my mom and I went to the market and found people selling Ube for a lower price. Ugh hahaha! But yeah, I'm so glad I got to make my favorite Ube jam/halaya last Saturday.

It was my first time to make it. I tried asking my mom how to cook it but she told me she hasn't made an Ube jam before so I just searched the web for that. Luckily, the internet knows almost everything so I found an easy recipe from AllRecipes and just modified it. Here's what you need:

  • 2kg raw purple yam
  • 1 1/2 can of condensed milk (450ml)
  • 1/3 can of evaporated milk (493ml)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to make it:
  1. Get a pot that's large enough for all the unpeeled purple yams. Add enough water to cover the yams. Bring to boil until tender, not too soft. Set aside, wait till it cools, then grate them thinly.

    *I put it on a strainer after it boiled and placed it in front of a fan because I wanted to finish everything in at least two hours. Tip: Don't overboil so it won't be too hard to grate. If you choose to overboil, then maybe just mash it instead of grating.

  2. For the cooking process, I use a frying pan. Melt the butter on medium heat then add in the condensed milk and vanilla extract. Stir in the grated purple yams then reduce heat. Keep cooking while stirring constantly. I did this for about 10 minutes. Add in the evaporated milk and keep stirring for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Transfer the jam/halaya to a container and wait until it cools down to room temperature before chilling it. 

    TADAAA! Here's my very first UBE HALAYA!

    The texture doesn't really look so smooth but it tastes so legit. Not bland, and not too sweet. You can even munch on some ube bits. I hope it's as smoothly textured like the ones from Good Shepherd though. haha! I served this at our Family Sunday meeting and everyone seemed to like it.

    Have you had purple yams or ube before? Do you have some awesome recipes you can share? Let me know in the comments section below! Thank you.


  1. This looks absolutely delicious. Smooth or not, I wish I could taste it, because I haven't really cooked much with yams before and I would love to try them. Once lockdown ends, I might go out and source some in our little local shops to try this out.

  2. Never heard of Purple Yam. IT must me delicious.

  3. I had no idea that purple yam was a thing, but I love a good yam so I am all for this! I'm going to have to see if that's something that we can get around here (I've never seen any mention of it before reading this, so I'm not sure). If so, I am going to give this recipe a try. It sounds delicious.

  4. I've had purple yams and I love them just baked. I have never tried ube halaya :) but it looks awesome. I can almost imagine the taste!

  5. The color of that is really beautiful! How close does it taste to a regular yam?

  6. I never knew purple yams were a thing! I eat purple potatoes and carrots though, and they are delicious. So I would presume that purple yams are equally delicious. I'll certainly keep my eyes out when I go to the grocery store next and see if they carry purple yams because I need to try this recipe out!

  7. We don't find purple yams here in the place where we stay. So it was very interesting to read about this recipe. It looks yummy and would love to taste it when I get the opportunity.

  8. It looks so delicious! the color makes it look better and the taste is really a little better in my eyes as well

  9. You always have good humor and good insights in your blogs. So much fun and easy to read!! For the record, Everythings LGTM! 555! Looking forward for more. Keep it up!


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