Biko na Pirurutong

Biko na Pirurutong
Biko na Pirurutong. Rice cakes cooked in coconut milk are the most popular native dishes prepared during the holiday season. Biko is one of the rice cake delicacies that are cooked during the Christmas season.

Biko na Pirurutong - In a tray

The usual biko is made up of plain glutinous rice the color depends on the sugar used, when cooked with refined sugar the tone is lighter compared to the golden brown color when using the un-refined brown sugar. The yellowish colored biko get the yellow tone from the additional ingredient of squash. Cooking biko is not actually that easy, be ready for a lot of stirring. Today I want to cook a biko with a lavender color using the dark colored glutinous rice called pirurutong. The resultant sweet rice cake was not bad at all. Here is the recipe.


1/2 kilo malagkit, glutinous rice
1/4 kilo pirurutong, purple glutinous rice
4 cups coconut milk from 4 pcs. coconut
2 cups brown sugar
1 tbsp. grated kalamansi rind
1 tbsp. grated orange rind
2 tbsp. grated ginger
1 tbsp. salt

Cooking procedure:

Biko na Pirurutong - Method
Biko na Pirurutong - Cooking Procedure

Wash glutinous rice, put in a ricecooker, add salt, grated ginger and add water as per ricecooker instructions. Cook until the cook switch has automatically switch off, remove rice cooker mains and keep aside. In a large wok put 1 cup of water, 2 cups of coconut milk, brown sugar and grated kalamansi and orange rind. Bring to a boil and simmer at medium heat for 15 minutes. Keep on stirring until the mixture is reduce to half and the has turned to thick coconut milk-sugar mixture called latik. Stir in the half cooked glutinous rice, mix and blend thoroughly, stir cook for another 15 minutes. When done remove from wok, place in a non-stick tray, flatten and keep aside. In a small wok boil the remaining 2 cups of coconut milk and stir cook for 15 minutes or until it start to render oil. Continue cooking until the coconut milk residue is lightly toasted and the color has change to golden brown. Drain oil and set aside. Top biko with the toasted coconut. Let cool down before serving.

See other holiday season celebration recipe:


  1. Thanks for the post! I was wondering if canned coconut milk can be used instead of fresh coconut. It's really hard to find fresh coconut here.

  2. To Anonymous,
    I personally have not tried it. I supposed if the canned coconut milk is made up of real coconut and will render coconut oil.

  3. i tried this recipe. The result was good although I used canned coconut milk. 400 ml yielded 1/2 cup latik. I was a bit disappointed though because it lacked the aroma that normally comes from fresh coconut milk so I roasted some dried grated coconut for the toppings. I posted po photos in my fb account: you can check it out. Thank you very much

  4. Hi Elvira,
    Thanks for sharing..


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