Guinataang Halo-Halo (Coconut Milk Medley)

Guinataang halo-halo or coconut milk medley or “binignit” in Bisaya, is one of the merienda that we usually have during Lenten season back in the Philippines.  We have this ginataang halo-halo every afternoon especially during holy week, this is our family tradition.

Ingredients :

  • 5 cups fresh coconut milk (or 1 can coconut milk, diluted with 4 cups water)
  • 1 pandan leaf
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • gabi (taro root or yam), cut into cubes
  • 2 ripe saba (plantain bananas), cut into cubes
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup preserved langka, drained and cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp. quick-cooking tapioca
(Cooking Conversions)

Cooking Procedures :

  1. Simmer coconut milk and pandan leaf over moderate heat.  Stir in sugar until dissolved.
  2. Add sweet potato, gabi and saba(plantain bananas) into simmering coconut milk and cook for 20 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add langka and tapioca.  (If using regular tapioca, add it with the sweet potatoes because it takes longer to cook.)
  4. Tapioca is cooked when it turns clear.  If a white spot is still visible in the center, cook until it disappears for about 5 minutes more.  Taste and add more sugar if necessary.
  5. Serves 6 to 8.
VARIATION:
Add bilo-bilo after tapioca is fully cooked.  Guinataang Bilo-bilo (Glutinous Rice Flour Balls in Coconut Syrup)

To make bilo-bilo, combine 1 cup glutinous rice flour with 1/2 cup water, mix until well blended, knead a few times until smooth.  (Follow Bilo-bilo procedure, see recipe.) Add sticky rice balls to simmering coconut milk. Remove from heat when all balls float to the top.

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  1. gemskie says:

    i love palitaw,filipino desserts,sweet recipes,sarap talaga!!

  2. glean deplomo says:

    i love binignit……………especially when my mom was cooked….

    • ivy jane martin says:

      i love ginataang baka ……… especially when my mom cook

  3. Cristall Jah Llanzana says:

    omg!!! i really love it i wish i can cook all this recipes yum! yum! yum! yum!

  4. marianne says:

    iloveyour site…make my cooking very easy…
    hope my family will love it! thanks

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