Palitaw Recipe

Palitaw is sweet rice cake that is very popular in the Philippines. Palitaw, a small, flat rice cake is made from malagkit, washed, soaked and ground. This sweet rice cake is easy to make, just get a spoonful of galapong, shaped into a ball then flatten it and dropped into a pot of boiling water. When the galapong resurface, the palitaw is done. This sweet rice cake called palitaw because they floats into the surface when already cooked.

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Palitaw is dredged in grated coconut, topped with sugar and toasted sesame seeds mixture. This sweet rice cake dessert is a must try for sweet rice cake lovers. I have been eating palitaw since I was a kid. In fact, it is one of my favorite afternoon snacks. For two weeks, ny husband has been craving for palitaw and since there are no palitaw sellers around the village or town, I decided to make palitaw to satisfy his cravings.

He loves my palitaw that the next day, I also cooked him palitaw. In three days, I have been making palitaw LOL.

Here’s my palitaw recipe, enjoy cooking!

Palitaw Recipe


  • ½ kilo Galapong or glutinous rice
  • Grated coconut
  • Sugar
  • Sesame seeds


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Get a scoop or spoonful of galapong then shape into a ball. Repeat the procedure until all the galapong formed into glutinous rice balls. Flatten the rice balls using the palm of your hands or the back of a rice scopper and set aside.

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In a medium sized pot, bring water into boil and put in the flattened glutinous rice or palitaw dough in batches to avoid sticking. Remove  palitaw they float.

Use a strainer or slotted spoon to get the palitaw that floats and dropped into a bowl of cold water. Leave the palitaw for 1 minute or till it cools.

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Get the palitaw and roll in fresh grated coconut then place in a serving plate.  In a pan, toast the sesame seeds. Combine sesame seeds and sugar.

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Sprinkle the palitaw with the sugar and sesame seeds mixture and server immediately.

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That’s it! You are done so enjoy the palitaw. This sweet rice cake is easy to make and very tasty. So, if you are looking for a quick and easy snack, try my palitaw recipe. Thank you for checking out my recipe, feel free to check out my other recipes. Don’t forget to bookmark this page to save the recipe on your computer for future use.

I also love hearing comments from my readers, so don’t forget to leave a comment or come back and let me know what you think about my palitaw recipe. Have a nice day!

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