Palitao — the easiest snack you can make (or so they say). I bought my coconut flakes from Sprouts. It’s really cheap — $1.50 for 1/2 gallon ziploc. You can pick up fresh coconut which I’m sure is better but really? Do you want to sit there and grate fresh coconut? I decided I’m not a coconut grater. Unless I have one of those cool filipino coconut graters (kabayo) … that’d be fun. I’d totally grate my own coconut if I had one of those weapons. I mean, um, kitchen gadgets.
I picked up the glutinous rice from the Asian Market for .49 cents. I’m not sure how easy it is to find anywhere else.
As for the sugar I added to make the palitao dough, that can be skipped as well. I add it to have a mochi-like taste.
You will read everywhere how easy Palitao is to make. Not easy at all, in my opinion. Palitao s are so sticky and difficult to dunk in boiling water.
Traditionally, the topping is made of freshly grated coconut, sugar and toasted sesame seeds. But I hate Sesame Seeds. Always have. So I skipped it.
Filipino Palitao Recipe (Palitaw)
Here’s a simple recipe for homemade palitao:
1 cup glutinous rice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Coconut, sugar and sesame seeds.
Combine glutinous rice, sugar and water.
Mix well. In the end, you will have a soft dough. Mine sometimes comes out watery and there’s no way it can be formed into anything but a hot sticky mess. So I add 1/8 cup glutinous rice at a time and then mix until I get the consistency I need. Tonight, I ended up with 1-3/8 cups of glutinous rice. I read somewhere it depends on moisture in the air … what the??? That’s true of anything … that’s just not a good tip to dispense as I have no concrete way of measuring that … do I??? No idea. I like the “oldie but goodie” advice better: “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again” Meaning, keep adding flour to make the dough harder, yo!
Here’s the tip in making the patties. Put your mixing bowl right next to the boiling water for easy access. Dust your hands with a lot of rice flour so the dough doesn’t stick to your hands. With the tips of your finger, grab some dough and put it in the palm of your other hand. Form a ball and then flatten it. Immediately drop gently into the boiling water. Don’t hold it for a long period of time. It’ll stick to ya.
When the patty rises, immediately take it out of the boiling water into a strainer. Don’t let your palitao overcook. It will fall apart.
Continue until you’ve used up all the dough.
Mix Coconut flakes, sugar and sesame seeds. Dredge the patty in this mix.