Palitaw Recipe

Palitaw Recipe

5 from 1 review

ave you ever tried being a part of a Filipino New Year’s celebration where you see a delicious banquet with white discs served in one corner? These are called “Palitaw” derived from the word “Litaw” meaning “to float” or “to surface”.


  • 2 cups Glutinous Rice Flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 11/2 cups grated Coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Toasted Sesame Seeds


  1. Knead Rice Flour and Water in a bowl to make a smooth dough that holds together and separates cleanly from the bowl.
  2. With floured hands, pinch off about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the dough, roll into a ball and flatten into a patty, about 2 to 3 inches in diameter and about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Set aside on a dry plate. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  4. Put grated coconut in a bowl. Mix sugar and toasted sesame seeds in a separate bowl.
  5. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a pot. Drop the dumplings into the pot and boil until they rise and float to the top, about 1 to 3 minutes. Scoop them out with a wire mesh skimmer and drain.
  6. Roll the dumplings in coconut and then sprinkle generously with sugar and toasted sesame seeds.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.


You can also follow this video from Youtube on How to Make Palitaw, including the recipes.


Keywords: sticky rice disc, flat rice cake, sweet coconut snack, vegetarian, traditional