Saturday, June 23, 2012


With dozens of varieties of rice in the Philipines, apart from the plain steamed rice, our ancestors have developed thousands of indigenous rice recipes. KCC's challenge is to share an original pinoy favorite. And i thought i'd share something Filipinos are known for .... RICE CAKE !  

Interesting as it sounds,literally means to float or rise. Palitaw is a kind of Puto or Rice Cake usually eaten as a merienda or a light snack. It  is made from washed, soaked and ground malagkit (Sticky Rice), then made into small round discs and dropped in boiling water where they float -which indicates that they are ready. Then rolled on a bed of fresh grated coconut, sugar and sesame seeds. 

Aside from the delightful taste, soft and sticky texture, everyone will agree that "prepping and cooking" makes this a delightful and fun snack to do by the whole family !


1 cup Glutinous Rice Flour
1/2 cup Water
As needed, Sugar
As needed, Fresh Grated Coconut
As needed, Toasted Sesame Seeds


Combine flour and water until it forms a dough. Take a tablespoon and roll into a ball, then flatten into a round shape on your palm.

In a pot, boil water. Poach flattened dough until they begin to float (about 30 secs to a minute)

Drain and dry  poached dough. Roll in sugar and sprinkle with grated coconut and sesame seeds.

Food Notes :

1. Palitaw means to float. This filipino snack is cooked until it floats.


  1. i love palitaw... simple as it is but it's so filling and it hits the spot... all the time!
    great take on the challenge this month Chef Day!

  2. I love palitaw, too! So easy to prep and cook for the whole family to enjoy.

  3. I'd love to try some..looks yummy.

  4. Sarrrraap! One of my favorite kakanin! So good with a cup of tea or coffee!
    Thanks for joining this month's challenge!

  5. Palitaw, in its simplicity, is so delicious. The best part is the freshly grated coconut which I can't get here in the UK. Good job, Chef!

    1. right... fresh coconut is still the best =) Thank you =)

  6. Awesome post. This totally reminds me of my grandma and he delicious desserts.

    1. happy cooking ! =) thanks for visiting ...

  7. How simple is that and I can almost taste it. Craving for some right now. :)

  8. My husband loves palitaw!!!. Yours look great.

  9. This is one of my favorite desserts and meriendas!!!

    Here's my late entry: Pancit Habhab