Palitaw Recipe

Just like any Asian cuisine, Filipino light snacks and desserts are mostly rice based. Among all popular pinoy snacks, I especially love Palitaw where boiled flat rice cake is dipped in grated coconut served with refined sugar and toasted sesame seeds. Hmmm Yummy!

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Ready to Serve Palitaw

Palitaw is made from “bigas na malagkit” (sticky rice) washed, soaked, and then ground. Palitaw is a tagalog term which means to float. Scoops of the batter are dropped into boiling water where they float to the surface as flat discs – an indication that they’re done.

Do you want to try making your own Palitaw? Heres How:

Palitaw Snack
Palitaw Recipe


  • 2 cups sweet rice flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Mix rice flour and ½ cup water well.
  • Form into small balls and flatten with fingers to form into ovals.
  • Boil 1 ½-quart in a pot.
  • Drop in boiling water 2 at a time.
  • Skim when they float and drop in cold water.
  • Drain and roll in mixed grated coconut and sugar.

Serve right away.

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