Ube Palitaw (Dila-Dila)

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Hello again!  Here’s the third from the four recipes I mentioned in my previous post.  Another childhood favorite of mine.  A very popular dessert served during holiday season, especially during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  It’s sweet rice flour cooked in boiling water then dipped in cinnamon sugar and Sesame seeds and served with freshly grated coconut.  This is the authentic way of preparing this childhood treat.  But, I wanted to give this classic favorite a makeover or a twist by adding my favorite purple yam and different coating.  This delicious treat derived its name from a Filipino word litaw, which means float or surface.  The “Pa” in “Palitaw”  is a prefix indicating support that means “to” Hence, Palitaw (to float).  The Ilocanos call this Dila-dila, which means tongue because they resemble the shape of a tongue (oval shape).  They’re chewy and sticky, but ooh…so delicious! ❤

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A Childhood Snack Made Two Ways

One of my childhood favorite snacks made into a delicious, refreshing drink and/or dessert.  Drink or dessert?  You decide.

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The house my siblings and I grew up in was surrounded with fruits trees.  We had papaya, guava, jackfruit, coconut, mango, avocado, star apple, wild mangosteen (santol), and Jamaican cherry (sarisa or aratilis).  We also had apple bananas and Kamias or Pias (Averhoa bilimbi or cucumber tree).  We enjoyed them for many years until we relocated.  The avocado, mango, and papaya were among the favorites.  My mother would use the unripe (green) papayas for her cooking and we enjoyed the papayas somewhat ripe.  We would slice them up and dipped them in vinegar with salt.  As for the very ripe papayas?  Well, we didn’t own a blender, so we would scoop the flesh and  added evaporated and condensed milk to sweetened them and ate them that way. Sometimes we ate them plain; the same with the avocado and mango.  The avocado and mango were to die for.  They were so delicious.

I had a very large ripe papaya. I was debating either to eat it plain or not, but I decided to make it into a refreshing, delicious drink instead; a smoothie.

Papayas are good for you.  According to WebMD, papayas are a rich source of Vitamin A and C.  One half of a small papaya provides 150 percent of the recommended dietary intake of Vitamin C.  It’s low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol free, and a good source of potassium, foliate and fiber. 

What I love about papaya is it’s enzyme called papain and its leaves.  I’ve read that papain helps aids in digestion by  breaking down tough meat fibers.  It also helps prevent constipation and lower cholesterol.  My sister had problems with acne in her teenage years.  So, we used its leaves as a facial rub to exfoliate dead skin cells.  My sister’s problem with acne ceased. Exfoliating with papaya leaves made my face smooth and prevented growth of pimples or acne.  I can’t recall experiencing acne in my youth.  I’m guessing it must be because of the papaya leaves and it’s cleansing properties.

You can use milk of your choice and add protein powder, chia seeds, and flax seeds in this recipe if you prefer, but I want to keep the flavor authentic. 

Ingredients:

  • half of extra large papaya (a little over 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated milk
  • 2 spoonfuls of condensed milk
  • 10 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Clean the papaya by removing the seeds and veins off the flesh. Wash.
  2. Scoop the flesh and place in a blender.
  3. Add the milk and ice cubes.
  4. Blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.

The other way of enjoying this childhood favorite snack is to make it a frozen drink or dessert topped with whipped cream and mix it to make into a creamy, flavorful slush.

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All you have to do is to place the smoothie you made (above) in a container and freeze for 3 hours ( if you can’t wait) or overnight if you want to have it later.  Either way, it’s waiting to be devoured.   The directions to make this frozen drink or dessert are below.

  1. Remove the container from the freezer. 
  2. Using a fork, scrape the frozen smoothie.
  3. Scoop with a spoon and transfer into a bowl or a serving cup and top with whipped cream. Garnish with a cherry.

You can either eat it without the whipped cream or you can mix the whipped cream to make a creamy slush.  As for me?  I did the latter and I was in heaven. 🙂

That is all for now.  I hope you give them a try. I assure you, they’re delicious! 

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