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Biko topped with coconut curds or latik in an aluminum pan
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Biko

Biko made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, and brown sugar is the ultimate snack or dessert. This classic Filipino rice is deliciously sweet, creamy, chewy, and gluten-free!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 332kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut cream (kakang gata)
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups glutinous rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • In a pan over medium heat, add the coconut cream and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid starts to thicken. 
  • Lower heat and simmer. As oil starts to separate and solids begin to form, regularly stir and scrape sides and bottom of the pan to prevent from burning.
  • Continue to cook and stir until curds turn golden brown. Using a fine-mesh sieve or colander, drain latik. Reserve oil.
  • Grease bottom and sides of a 5 x 8-inch baking dish with coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Wash glutinous rice a few times or until water runs almost clear. Drain well.
  • In a thick bottom pot, combine rice and water. Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and cook until liquid is absorbed. Allow to cool to touch and fluff with a fork to separate grains.
  • In a wide non-stick skillet over medium heat, combine coconut milk, brown sugar, and salt. Stir until blended and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat and continue to cook until slightly reduced and thickened.
  • Add rice, gently stirring to evenly distribute. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour or until mixture is very thick, sticky, and pulls away from the sides of the pan. 
  • Spoon biko into the prepared baking dish and pat down with a lightly greased spatula to even out.
  • Lightly brush top with coconut oil, cut into portions, and top with latik. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 213mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3.1mg