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Feb 05

Palitaw is one of the kakanin delights that mom used to sell in her Sally’s Bake Shop. Palitaw is a small, flat, sweet rice cake made from malagkit (sticky rice) washed, soaked, and then ground. Scoops of the batter are dropped into boiling water where they float to the surface as flat discs – an indication that they’re done. When served, the flat discs are dipped in grated coconut, and presented with a separate dip made of sugar and toasted sesame seeds. Here is a simple recipe you can make.


2 cups malagkit rice flour
3/4 cup water
1/8 cup malagkit rice flour
6 cups water
2 cups grated coconut
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted and slightly pounded


1. Mix 2 cups of malagkit rice flour and 3/4 cups water in a bowl. Mix well until mixture turns into a dough.

2. Dust your hands and fingers with malagkit rice flour to prevent dough from sticking to your hands and plams.

3. Take 2 teaspoonfuls of the dough and roll into a ball. Flatten mixture against the palm.

4. In a sauce pan, boil 6 cups of water. Drop each palitaw one at a time into the boiling water, making sure they do not stick to each other.

When the palitaw floats to the surface, remove them using a skimmer and transfer to a plate.

5. Roll each palitaw in the grated coconut.

6. Combine sugar and toasted sesame seeds.

7. Top each palitaw with the mixture.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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One comment

  1. Aww, i love palitaw!!!! thanks for sharing the recipe..

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