I am craving! Sweet Rice Dumplings… they’re called “Palitaw” (Pah-lee-tao) in my country. The word “Litaw” (Lee-tao) means to float because literally, the sweet rice dumplings are done cooking when they float in boiling water. These little goodies are then rolled in freshly grated coconut and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and sugar. Yum-oh-yum.
Since freshly grated coconuts are hard to come by where I live, it was a toss up between rolling the sweet rice dumplings in dried grated coconut or top it with coconut chips instead. I chose the latter. The word “sweet” in sweet rice is used to describe a variety of rice grain that has a sticky texture when cooked. It is not sweet at all, another name for this rice variety is glutinous rice.
– Add water to sweet rice flour a little at a time, dough shouldn’t be too wet
– Form dough into small balls and flatten by using thumb to press down on dough
– Spatula and a wide wooden spoon may also be used to shape the dough
– Roll sweet rice dumplings in coconut and top with sugar and toasted sesame seeds
– or you can top the dumplings with whatever your yummy creative self wants!