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Palitaw coated with grated coconut, sesame seeds, and sugar on a wooden serving plate
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4.03 from 35 votes


Palitaw made with glutinous rice flour, grated coconut, sesame seeds, and sugar. Soft, chewy, and gluten-free, this Filipino delicacy is delicious as snack or dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 Pieces
Calories: 171kcal


  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup grated mature coconut
  • water for boiling


  • In a pan over medium heat, toast sesame seeds, stirring frequently, for about 30 to 40 seconds or until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 
  • In a bowl, combine toasted sesame seeds and sugar. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine rice flour and water and mix into a soft, pliable dough. 
  • Divide the dough into portions and using the palm of hands, shape into balls and then flatten into oval disks about 1/4-inch thick.
  • In a pot over medium heat, bring about 5-inch deep of water into a rolling boil.
  • Individually drop the rice patties into the boiling water, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the patties float to the surface, 
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove from the water and drain well. Arrange in a single layer on a parchment-lined platter to keep from sticking together and let cool just enough to touch.
  • While still warm, roll the palitaw on grated coconut to fully coat. 
  • Sprinkle with sesame-sugar mixture before serving.



Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.7mg