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How To Make Palitaw

Sweet Floating Rice Cake Covered in Grated Coconut and Sesame Seeds

Palitaw is one of many ‘kakanin’ or rice cakes that many Filipinos love to eat for snacks. It can is also served as a dessert to parties and gatherings.

One my earliest memories of Palitaw is that it’s  usually being sold outside my school when I was living in the Philippines. It was a delicious snack and it will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! Living in the UK makes Palitaw a special dessert or treat whenever I make it or when I go to a Filipino gathering and this is one of the dessert. It’s soft, sticky texture covered in fresh grated coconut, crispy toasted sesame seed and sweetness from the sugar makes it a very satisfying cake.

How To Make Palitaw: Sweet Floating Rice Cake Covered in Grated Coconut and Sesame Seeds

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  • 250g glutinous rice flour
  • 125g granulated sugar
  • 237ml water
  • Water
  • 150g roasted sesame seeds
  • 250g grated coconut



Using a medium size pot, fill it half way with water and bring it to boil. Turn down the heat once boiled.


Combine sesame seeds and sugar. Place grated coconut in a plate and set both aside for later.


In a large bowl combine glutinous rice flour with water and mix until you get dough texture.


Once mixed, take some dough and make it into a ball, flatten the ball using the palm of your hands.


Drop the flattened ball into the boiling water and wait for it to float, once floating take it off the water and strain.


Roll it into the grated coconut and then into the sesame seeds & sugar mixture.


Place it into a serving plate. Repeat until all of the dough is cooked and coated.

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