Best Ginataang Bilo Bilo Recipe

Ginataang bilo bilo / halo-halo, or tambong-tambong in ilocano, sampelot in kapampangan at binignit in bisaya is a popular snack in the Philippines that’s made out of glutinous rice balls, sweet potato, plantain, tapioca pearls, jackfruit. Cassava and taro can also be added. This recipe only use glutinous rice balls, sweet potato, plantain, tapioca pearls and jackfruit. Some of my ingredients are frozen because they’re not locally available here in New Zealand.

Seems it was only yesterday that we have this as our snack after playing sipa or patintero with my bestfriend back then. We usually put fresh coconut milk as garnish before we eat it. I haven’t tried using canned coconut milk though.

Here’s the recipe of Ginataang bilo bilo.

Best Ginataang Bilo-bilo Recipe

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Made out of coconut milk, rice balls, sweet potato, jackfruit, tapioca pearls, taro, cassava.
Course Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword coconut milk, rice balls
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 562


  • 1 cup glutinous rice flour
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup water for making bilo bilo
  • 6 pcs saba / plantain cut into cubes
  • 5 pcs jack fruit / langka cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 can coconut milk about 600ml
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup tapioca pearls
  • 4 pcs pandan leaves this is optional


Rice balls / bilo bilo

  • In a large bowl, put the glutinous rice flour.
  • Gradually put the water.
  • Mix it until dough is formed.
  • From the dough, make rice balls by rolling it in between your palms. Rice ball is about 1.5cm in diameter.
  • If you want to have a colorul bilo bilo, put food color on half of the glutinous dough.

Ginataang bilo bilo procedure

  • In a pot over medium heat, put the water and the pandan leaves if you're using pandan leaves. Bring it to boil.
  • Add half of the coconut milk and stir.
  • Add the sweet potato and cook for 6 minutes.
  • Add sugar and the rice balls and cook for 7 minutes or until the balls float.
  • Put the remaining coconut milk.
  • Add the cooked plantain banana. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add jackfruit and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Lastly add the tapioca pearls.

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