Palitaw (Sweet Rice Cakes)

Palitaw (Sweet Rice Cakes)

lola 26

"This sticky, chewy dessert is very easy to make and can also be served as a snack."


50 m servings 197 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 197 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 39g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 265 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Mix the rice flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and the water together in a bowl into a soft dough; set aside.
  2. Stir 1/2 cup sugar and sesame seeds together in a small bowl. Toss the coconut with the salt together in a separate bowl.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  4. Take a portion of the soft dough and roll it into a ball between the palms of your hands. Pull lengthwise and shape into a tongue. Drop into the boiling water. The cake is ready when it floats. Scoop it out with a strainer and roll it in the sugar and sesame seed mixture. Place it on a serving platter. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Top the cakes with coconut and serve warm.
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  1. 11 Ratings


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

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 t...

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 ...

Don't know what was wrong but I followed the recipe and had to double the flour and then it just did not taste right. Not sure what I was expecting but did not like it. Maybe need to go buy on...

The measurements are all wrong. 1 cup of glutinous rice flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water results in pancake batter consistency. Also scooping it out of the strainger into the sugar/sesa...

i love this!!! thanks for the recipe!

Lola, I don't know how this recipe ended up being the nice dish pictured herein... I followed your directions exactly as written but all I ended up with is a bowl of waste. looks to me like the ...

Easy and simple. Always made this for Filipino parties. One of my favorite desserts.

Easy to do and delicious! I used almond and sugar plus sesame seed. Thank you! I just had the craving for this today and saw I have glutinous powdered rice. Et voila, I had "PALITAW!"