Palitaw is a flat tongue like shaped sweet rice cake coated with a mixture of sugar, grated coconut, and roasted sesame seeds. Palitaw is a native Filipino snack that is pretty easy to make. When I was a child I remember my mom making Palitaw while I was waiting anxiously to coat it with the sugar mixture. We usually have it as an afternoon snack.
You can buy grated coconut at any Asian stores or better yet make your own grated coconut. Click the link How to Grate Fresh Coconut. Place left over shredded coconut in a zip lock or plastic bag and store it in the freezer. In fact, the grated coconut I used in this recipe was frozen. Another thing to prepare is the sesame seeds. Over medium heat toast the sesame seeds to a light brown color. Keep stirring so it doesn’t burn.
How to Make Palitaw
Well let’s make Palitaw. Watch my video How to make Palitaw. Make it today. Magluto na tayo. Enjoy!
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Palitaw is a Filipino snack a flat sweet rice cake coated with a mixture of sugar, grated coconut, and toasted sesame seeds. Palitaw is pretty easy to make.
- 1 cup glutinous rice flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 1/4 cup grated coconut meat matured coconut
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Combine glutinous rice flour and water in a bowl. Mix well until it forms a dough. Knead the dough. Add a few drops of water if dough is dry but if the dough is sticky sprinkle some glutinous rice flour.
You have the right consistency when the dough is smooth and not sticky or wet.
Divide the dough into small pieces. With your thumb or index finger flatten each dough to tongue like shapes.
Boil 3 to 4 cups of water in a pot. Drop the dough one by one. Don’t over crowd the dough in the water. Once the dough is done it will float on top of the water.
When dough floats to the top of the water scoop it with a skimmer and drain water. Place it on a plate. Set aside until it cools down.
In a bowl, combine grated coconut, sugar and toasted sesame seeds. Mix well.
Once the dough has cooled down coat both sides of the dough with coconut mixture. Press the dough slightly to the mixture to stick. Once both sides are coated with the coconut mixture place it on a plate until you are done with all the dough.
Serve palitaw warm or room temperature. If you have coconut mixture left over you may serve it on the side since some people like extra coating.
- Be careful when dropping the dough in boiling water. Place the dough on a laddle spoon and drop it in the boiling water.
- Don't leave the formed dough exposed since it will dry out quick. Boil water while making the dough..
- Frozen grated coconut can be used to coat the dough as long as you will eat it right away.
- Just make enough palitaw to consume for the day. Placing it in the fridge will harden the palitaw.