Thursday, August 7, 2008

Dila Dila

Dila Dila (or Palitaw in Tagalog) is a Filipino delicacy I used to enjoy eating as snacks when I was growing up. It is made up of sticky rice, coated with grated coconut and sprinkled with sugar and sesame seeds. Its quite simple to prepare. Here's how :

2 cups glutinous rice flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of salt
3/4 to 1 cup water
2 cups freshly grated coconut
Sesame seed (optional)

a. In a bowl, combine glutinous rice, sugar and salt.
b. Slowly add enough water to make a dough.
c. Shape the dough into balls about (1" to 1.5 inches) then flatten it to the shape of a tongue (where this ilocano delicacy got its name as "Dila" means tongue).
d. Bring a pot of water to boil
e. Drop several pieces of flatten dough into the boiling water
f. When the flatten dough floats, remove and place in strainer.
g. Drain the water and let it cool a little bit.
h. Coat it with coconut by rolling it in a plate with grated coconut
i. Sprinkle with sugar and sesame seed.

Enjoy your snack with your favorite drink.

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