Filipino Sweet Rice Cakes

    50 min

    Also known as palitaw. Sweetened sticky rice balls are rolled in a sugar and sesame seed mix, before being topped with grated coconut. A delicious, sticky and chewy dessert or snack.

    15 people made this

    Makes: 20 cakes

    • 160g glutinous rice flour
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 125ml water
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • 115g coconut, grated
    • 1 teaspoon salt

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Mix the rice flour, 100g sugar and the water together in a bowl to form a soft dough; set aside.
    2. Stir 100g sugar and sesame seeds together in a small bowl. Toss the coconut with the salt together in a separate bowl.
    3. Bring a large pan of water to the boil.
    4. Take a portion of the soft dough and roll it into a ball between the palms of your hands. Pull lengthways and shaped into flattened and elongated discs. Drop into the boiling water. The cake is ready when it floats. Scoop it out with a sieve and roll it in the sugar and sesame seed mixture. Place it on a serving plate. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Top the cakes with coconut and serve warm.


    Glutinous rice flour can be purchased from Chinese/Oriental speciality stores.

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    These are delicious, but to make them even better, try adding a can of coconut milk or cream to the water that you boil them in. This will give the cakes a strong coconut flavor  -  08 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I liked how simple and inexpensive it was to make these. Just like the ones I buy from my local Asian grocery store. I did have to add more flour for a thicker consistency and I did not ball them in my hand. I used a melon baller, scooped them into boiling water then stretched them after they were cooked, as I did a coating of coconut. I would also modify and use 1/4 tsp salt rather than 1 tsp. It was too salty for my taste. After modifying the recipe they were great though! Reminds me of the treats mama would buy for me in the fish market when I was growing up  -  11 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I like the taste but using the recipe provided, I ended up with a really gooey palitao so I ended up having to add more rice flour until it was hard enough to form balls with. I love the taste though. It's exactly how I remembered it. Thanks for the recipe!  -  25 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)