How To Make Palitaw?
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Do you want to make palitaw? Well, check out the ingredients and procedure in making this delicious snack.

Palitaw is another “kakanin” that Filipinos love. You can see it everywhere.

This is made from glutinous rice (malagkit) that is soaked in water and then, grounded.  The dough will be then shaped into a flat disc that will be dropped in boiling water. When cooked, it will float, which is the obvious reason why it was named “palitaw.”

“Litaw” is a Filipino word means appears.

Cooks usually coat these unflavored and sticky discs with grated coconut and sugar. Some also add toasted sesame seeds for more flavor.

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These goodies are cheap that’s why it also helped in building a colorful childhood. Me and my friends used to watch seller cook them and the moment they float, it’s like watching a fantastic slow-motioned animated film.

The good news is, you can easily make palitaw!


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


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


  • You can tell that the palitaw is already cooked when it floated. Sometimes it depends on the size of each disc or on your stove.
  • Aside from sugar, you will enjoy palitaw with coco jam, condensed milk, and yema.

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