Palitaw Recipe – Filipino Flat Rice Cake

Palitaw Recipe – Do you like rice cakes? Then you’ll definitely love this treat. Palitaw is one of the many types of rice cake snacks you can try in Filipino cuisine. It is a small, flat, sweet rice cake made from galapong – washed, soaked, and ground malagkit. What is malagkit? It is basically the Filipino term for glutinous rice. Originally, grounded or pounded sticky rice was used to make this snack. Now it is made by simply mixing rice flour and water until a dough is formed then boiled after it’s flattened.

Not only is it one way you can enjoy a combination of coconut and sticky rice, but it is also rather simple to make. There are several ways to try this treat, but if you want to have a simple snack to make a home, this is one Palitaw Recipe to try:

palitaw recipe


A sweet type of flat rice cake that's topped with coconut, and sometimes sesame seeds
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sesame seeds roasted
  • 1 cup grated coconut


  • Combine glutinous rice flour with water and mix until a dough is formed.
  • Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough then mold it into a ball-shaped figure.
  • Flatten the ball-shaped dough using the palm of your hands.
  • Boil water in a cooking pot then put-in the flattened dough.
  • When the flattened dough starts to float, remove them from the pot and set it aside allowing water to drip.
  • Combine sugar and roasted sesame seeds then mix well.
  • Roll the rice cake in grated coconut then in the sugar-sesame seed mixture.
  • Arrange in a serving plate then serve. Share and enjoy!

Other Options for a Palitaw Recipe

As stated, there are different ways to enjoy Palitaw. Generally, the snack is presented with a separate mix of sugar and toasted sesame seeds. If you want to change up the flavor of the snack, chocolate palitaw is an option to try.

Want to try other desserts? Check out our “Royal Bibingka Recipe” and “Maruya Recipe.” If you want to try other similar desserts, you can test out “Ube Biko” or “Cassava Suman.” For more sweets featuring coconut or glutinous rice, check out “Bukayo” or “Tupig.”

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