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Tamales or Bobotu of Kapampangans
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Special Filipino Tamales

Filipino Tamales is made of ground rice, coconut milk and various toppings like chicken, ham, nuts and egg. Try this Kapampangan rice dish delicacy recipe now.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: bobotu, tamales
Servings: 4
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion - finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - finely minced
  • 1 can (13.5 fl. oz) coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¾ cup rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon Achuete/Annatto powder - dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup chicken breast - boiled and shredded
  • 1 hard boiled egg or salted egg - divided into 4
  • 12 pieces cashew nuts -optional
  • ½ cup ham - cut into squares
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter - unsweetened
  • banana leaves
  • water - if needed


  • Wash and dry the banana leaves. Cut them into squares about 20 cm wide. If using fresh banana leaves you may have to heat them first (direct heat) to become pliable. Set aside.
  • Saute onion and garlic just until tender. Pour in coconut milk and season with salt and pepper then let it cook until it starts to boil.
  • Add the rice flour and mix continuously until it thickens into a thick paste-like consistency. You may need some water if the mixture is too dry as some rice flour absorbs more liquid.
  • Divide the mixture into two. Set aside the other half for now and add the peanut butter and achuete powder to the other half and mix well.
  • Scoop some of the white mixture and place it in the middle of a leaf. Spread it to form a square about 10 cm wide. Now scoop some of the orange mixture and spread it on top of the white one. Top it with chicken flakes, ham, cashew and egg.
  • Fold the sides of the leaf inwards to wrap the tamales in. Wrap this again in another banana leaf placing the top side down to seal it properly. Repeat it at least 2 times more, using at least 4 leaves in the process. Tie with a string to secure it.
  • Boil or steam for 20-30 minutes.
  • Serve while hot but can also be eaten cold



Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 847mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 4mg