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Palitaw Recipe

Palitaw is a Filipino afternoon snack or 'merienda' that consist mainly of glutinous rice coated with grated coconut and sugar and sometimes roasted sesame seeds. This flattened sweet rice cake  is very chewy and really filling but the best part is, it is really easy to make.    
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: palitaw
Servings: 10
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 1 cup glutinous rice flour
  • ½ cup water or cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut (grated)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • cup sesame seeds (roasted) - (optional)


  • In a bowl, combine glutinous rice flour and water and mix into a soft, pliable dough. If too soft or sticky add some more g. rice flour, a tablespoon at a time. If a piece of dough is cracking when flattened, then add a bit of water.
  • Form small balls, each an inch in diameter. Then flatten the balls to a quarter-inch thickness by pressing them in between your palms.
  • In a pot or deep pan over medium-high heat, bring about 5-inch deep of water into a rolling boil.
  • Gently drop each flattened dough into the boiling water. Do not overcrowd the pot. When the pieces float to the surface, remove from water using a slotted spoon and drain well.
  • When cool enough to handle, roll in a plate of mixed sugar and coconut and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


If using desiccated coconut: In a bowl, add about a quarter cup of water to half a cup of desiccated coconut and mix really well. Make it ahead of time, like 30 minutes earlier so it can sit for a couple of minutes to absorb the liquid, make sure to mix from time to time. Adjust the measurements as needed.


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.5mg