Filipino Sweet Rice Dessert : Kalamay with Arnibal (Sticky Rice Cake in Simple Sugar Syrup)

Filipino Sweet Rice Dessert : Kalamay with Arnibal (Sticky Rice Cake in Simple Sugar Syrup)


  • Glutinous Rice Flour
  • Coconut Milk
  • Anise Seed
  • Sugar
  • Jackfruit or Langka optional
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Glutinous Rice Flour
  • 1 can Coconut Milk 2 cups equivalent, slightly heated
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Anise Seed optional
  • 1 can Coconut Milk – to make Latik topping
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup cubed Jackfruit or Langka optional


  • Make the simple syrup by boiling the sugar and water and flavor with jackfruit. Set aside.
  • Make the Latik.
  • Mix the flour, coconut milk and sugar, then strain. Add the anise seed and latik(without oil).
  • Place the mixture in a non-stick skillet and stir until they come together, about 5 minutes.
  • Turn the heat to low, and add a couple tablespoons coconut oil to keep from sticking to the pan.
  • Flatten to 1/4 inch thick and turn or flip over repeatedly every 3-4 minutes, cooking for a total of about 15 minutes.
  • Set on an oiled plate, cut in squares and put directly in the sugar syrup to keep from sticking together.
  • Serve warm or room temperature.
  • Cooking Tips:
  • No jackfruit? Use other flavor options for the simple syrup : lemon (from lemon rinds), pandan, caramel(brown sugar) or just as it is.
  • I use kitchen shears or scissors to cut the kalamay in serving sizes, so much easier than using a knife.
  • The recipe starts off as a thick liquid rather than runny so the mix comes together right away during cooking, thus cutting the mixing time in the pan.
  • Cook on low heat up to 12-15 minutes once the cake comes together to cook the flour thoroughly and to keep the cake from spoilage.


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