How To Cook Palitaw (Glutinous Rice Cake)

How To Cook Palitaw (Glutinous Rice Cake)

Palitaw from the Tagalog root word “litaw” means “float”. It is made of glutinous rice flour formed in round or ovals then boiled in water. When it floats to the surface, that’s when it is done, that’s why it’s called palitaw. Before serving, palitaw is dredged in sweet coconut flakes, sugar, roasted sesame seeds or combinations of these three or if you want to experiment, you can use other kinds of sprinkles for dredging. But for me, the coconut flakes and sugar are the best combinations for dredging.

It’s a perfect dessert or snack to serve especially to guests who grew up with this snack because they’ll surely love it and for those who haven’t had palitaw, it will be interesting for them to try this exotic snack.

Some think it’s hard to make the palitaw, but it’s actually easy peasy. So, if you have the main ingredients available, I suggest you try making it.

How To Cook Palitaw (Glutinous Rice Cake)
Prep Time
5 mins
Course: snacks
Cuisine: Filipino, Philippines, Southeast Asia
Keyword: glutinous rice flour, palitao, palitaw, palitaw recipe
Servings: 12
  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • roasted sesame seeds for dredging
  • sugar for dredging
  • sweetened coconut flakes for dredging
  1. In a large, deep mixing bowl, combine glutinous rice flour and water (gradually). Mix until thick and sticky, then form into balls and flatten. Set aside.

  2. Bring a half full of water in a pot to a boil. Drop slowly the dough one by one. Boil until they float. When it floats, it's cooked. Use a skimmer or slotted spoon to scoop and drain the palitaw. Slightly cool them on a plate. Use the same pot and water to cook for the next batch.

  3. Dredge in roasted sesame, sugar, sweetened coconut flakes or combinations of the three. Serve.

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