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How to cook Palitaw?

How to cook Palitaw?

Palitaw is another “kakanin” that can be seen everywhere in the Philippines. This is another form of rice cakes.

This is made from glutinous rice (Malakit) that is soaked in water and ground.  The dough will be shaped into flat dish and will dropped in a boiling water and when cooked it will float. That’s where the “palitaw” name came from. Palitaw came from Filipino term “litaw” means to appear.

The cooked discs will be coated with grated coconut and will be sprinkled with sugar and toasted sesame seeds.

When I was a kid, it’s a form of entertainment for me and my playmates to see sellers to cook this kakanin. It’s just like a slow-motioned, film-like moments when we knew that the discs will appear anytime. It’s likes you lost your life when you didn’t see it floats (I have a very colorful childhood).

Here are the ingredients to cook this yummy snacks:

  • 2 cups ground glutinous rice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 spoon roasted sesame seeds
  • grated coconut


  1. Combine water and glutinous rice well. Make sure that there are no lumps.
  2. Form into flat disc.
  3. Drop into boiling water and wait until the discs float.
  4. Let the excess water to drip.
  5. Coat with grated coconut.
  6. Sprinkle with sugar and roasted sesame seeds.
  7. Enjoy.

Here in the Philippines, there are already dough made from the soaked glutinous rice. It’s already available as there are demands coming from lots of small scale businessman who used to sell these treats through the streets. If you found one in the market, disregard the 3/4 cup water as the dough is just enough for Palitaw.

The roasted sesame seeds adds more flavor and aroma the snacks.

There are also people who use latik, brown sugar and honey instead of white sugar.

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I am Ringo and allow me to say not an ordinary man. I’ve been working home base since 2009 and as of now, has no plans of returning to corporate. Web designer. Frustrated chef. Foodie. Good son (ehem!). Good father (to two labrador retrievers). And, a servant of God.



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