Kulinarya Cooking Club: Ginataan

I’m so happy with this month’s KCC theme because coconut milk is my favorite! ūüôā¬† I have posted many of my favorite gata (coconut milk) recipes¬†already but there are¬†so much more that I haven’t shared yet like this recipe: Ginataang Halo-Halo or Ginataang¬†Bilo-Bilo,¬†it’s¬† my mom’s favorite and she used to cook it often especially on weekends when she didn’t have work in the office. It’s mine and my sisters’ favorite too.¬†¬†

Ginataan means cooked in coconut milk, it can be sweet or savory.¬†¬†Ginataan Halo-Halo¬†like¬†other gata recipes is ¬†really simple to make, there’s just quite a lot of ingredients, so the preparation is actually quite harder than the cooking itself -which is basically just boiling, like making a pot of soup; a sweet coconut soup that is.¬†¬†

My mom made us help her in making this when we were little; I was assigned in making the glutinous rice flour dough into balls but¬†¬†I preferred¬†helping in peeling and chopping the saba banana so I can eat some too (when my mother’s not looking bec she doesn’t want us to eat raw saba) .¬† I really didn’t like bilo-bilo when I was young, if¬†it¬†was just up to me, ¬†my way, I¬† wouldn’t add any bilo-bilo at all but¬† but my mom loves these chewy dough balls and she puts a¬† lot in her ginatan.¬† I like bilo-bilo now, btw.

This is called ginataang halo-halo ( a mix or variety put together) because it has lots of ingredients¬†and it’s also called ginataang bilio-bilo after the glutinous rice flour dough balls in it, but we simply refer to this as ginatan.

More Ginataan:¬† Ginataan Tutong, Ginataang Calabasa ( Squash in Coconut Milk), Chicken Adobo in Coconut Milk ¬†and my husband’s favorite and mine too: ¬†Bicol Express ( Pork and Chillies in coconut milk), if you’re into hot and spicy food, you should try making it, it’s sooo good!





my daughter made these bilo-bilo  ^-^


you can buy these sago pre-cooked from the market ..but I prefer cooking it myself


¬†boil coconut milk and sugar..add saba and kamote ( sweet potato) first..simmer until they’re half-done


..then add the langka, bilo-bilo and sago.. and lastly the coconut cream..and it’s done!


yummy, filling afternoon snack…¬†especially¬†¬†good on cold rainy days


4 cups fresh thin coconut milk  (or 2 cans of coconut milk diluted with enough water to make 4 cups)
3/4 -1 cup sugar ( you can use white, brown or muscovado sugar)
saba banana, diced
sweet potato, diced
langka strips ( jackfruit)
tapioca balls, pre-cooked ( I like to use baby tapioca balls)
pandan essence or pandan leaves, optional
glutinous rice flour
1/2 cup thick coconut milk or coconut cream

Here’s How:
Cook tapioca balls ( sago) in boiling water.
Add enough water to glutinous rice flour to make a dough, it shouldn’t be too wet or too dry, knead a little then form in half-inch balls, cover and set aside.

Put thin coconut milk and sugar in a 2-quart pot/saucepan, stir until sugar is melted. Bring to a boil over mdium-high heat. Add sweet potato frist, cook for a minute then add saba banana and langka strips. simmer until banana is cooked then add the tapioca balls and glutinous rice balls. Cover and let simmer; add in pandan essence if using; when the dough balls floats to the top,¬†¬†it’s cooked, add the coconut cream and just heat through, that’s it! ¬†I told you, it’s easy! ūüôā

Be careful..it can be very hot especially the dough balls or bilo-bilo..let cool to room temperature .before serving

Please check out more ginataan from other KCC Members!

‚ô• Thanks for reading…have a nice day!! ‚ô•

6 Responses to "Kulinarya Cooking Club: Ginataan"

  1. ziggy   July 21, 2010 at 12:05 am

    how do i make those bilo-bilo bouncers? until now i can’t find myself making desserts. i miss this. we usually have this as an afternoon snack in the phils.

  2. Pia (Taga_Luto)   July 20, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    This is good=;) We call this binignit. I’m now craving for one. I just made Bilo-bilo last weekend and was debating between the Ginataan Hipon or the Bili-bilo wish i could blog both at one time but just didn’t have the time=;)

  3. cherrie   July 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I love this dish. My mum makes it alot too. It’s a fond childhood memory for me ūüôā

  4. chef_d   July 20, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Oh wow…I love this! This is one of my top comfort food! It looks so delicious!

  5. Joy   July 20, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I didn’t even think of including jackfruit. Yours look so good.

  6. Jeannie   July 20, 2010 at 7:26 am

    We have a dessert that is similar to this one except we don’t use nangka and potatoes…just the sago and banana and the coconut milk of cos! Really delicious!


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