Palitaw Recipe


  • 1 1/4 cups rice flour
  • 2/3 cup water
  • more water for boiling
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • freshly grated coconut

Palitaw Recipe


  1. Pour water into a pot until half-full and allow it to boil under medium heat.
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, heat a pan and toast sesame seeds until light brown in color. Mix in a bowl with the sugar and set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine rice flour and water until it is play-dough consistency - soft, but not sticky. If the dough is too dry, add more water (a little at a time).
  4. Depending on the size you want, get some of the dough, shape them into a ball using your palms, and using your thumb, make an indentation in the middle so it will flatten a bit. Make it round or elongated in shape, but make sure your Palitaw pieces are not so thin so it won't easily break, or not so thick so it will cook easily.
  5. Once you used up all the dough, drop them one at time in the pot of boiling water (don't crowd them because they might stick to each other) and wait for them to float. Once the dough floats totally, allow it to cook a few more minutes then fish them out using a slotted spoon. Place the cooked palitaw on a plate, without touching each other.
  6. When ready to serve, roll each palitaw pieces on freshly grated coconut and transfer on the serving plate. You may now place the palitaw on top of each other because the grated coconut prevents them from sticking together.
  7. Depending on your preference, you may top it with the sugar-sesame mix or serve them separately.

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