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Galapong Bigas (Food Processor Method)

Mar 04

Galapong Bigas is one of the basic ingredients in rice cake or Kakanin. Galapong is sold from regular rice (bigas) or sticky , glutinous rice (malagkit) and soaked overnight then ground. There is trapped wild yeast that cause the mixture to ferment and cause the rising of the rice cakes.

In the olden days, most homes had a stone grinder made of granite. Markets still sell stone grinders but for those that don’t have stone grinders, the food processor will do. Here is how to prepare Galapong Bigas using a food processor or blender.

1. For every cup of rice, add two cups of water. Soak rice in water overnight or a minimum of four hours.

2. Mill in the food processor or blender. Start with a small quantity, adding soaked rice little by little till you get the consistency of light dough.

3. Make sure the blender is filled to 1/3 of the capacity so machine won’t overheat.

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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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  1. iLdz /

    Thanks for your recipe. Its a big help. Im trying to make my own Vigan Empanada. Wish me luck!!!!

  2. Jason /

    Hi. I need your help. I’m trying to look for a rice flour supplier for a business I’m putting up. Would you know any? I only know of Peotraco but their flour comes from Thailand. Wala bang home-grown? I’m pretty sure meron because Filipinos use it extensively in sumans and kakanins. And di ba the Ilocos empanadas use rice instead of regular flour? I’m looking for this particular type. Not the glutinous one. Thanks so much.

  3. we use a national panasonic food processor and this seems to be a bang for the buck-“*

  4. Jason,

    Thailand also produces regular rice flour alongside Glutinous (malagkit) rice flour.
    I’ve used it to make both Chinese and Filipino puto with good results.
    Its Erawan marketing brand.

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