Also known as coconut pudding, maja blanca is a Filipino dessert made from coconut milk, starch and sugar that is usually served during town festivals and special holidays.
Obviously, maja blanca is an adapted version of a traditional Spanish dessert manjar blanco, which is similar to desserts such as blancmange, meaning “white delicacy.”
Its traditional preparation is relatively easy – just coconut milk, cornstarch and sugar. Agar (gulaman in Filipino) can be another substitute for cornstarch.
Other versions include maja maiz that uses corn kernels and butter, thus resulting in distinctive yellow color; squash maja blanca that has squash as main ingredient; and maja de ube that uses ube (purple yam), giving a deep violet color.