Binalay Recipe of Isabela

Binalay Recipe
Photo Credits:


  • 4 cups glutinous rice (Malagkit)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Banana Leaves (Cleaned and cut into bigger sized (8×11 inch))
  • Banana or Cotton strings
  • Coconut Oil


Part 1

  1. In a bowl, place glutinous rice and water then soak for at least 3 hours. Drain.
  2. Grind soaked rice into flour then mix with water until well blended.  You can also buy rice flour if you don’t have a rice grinder.

Part 2

  1. Singe the banana leaves into flames for a few seconds but do not burn. Let it cool then wipe with clean cloth.
  2. Grease banana leaves with coconut oil then scoop 3 tablespoons of rice mixture, fold the leaf to wrap the rice mixture.
  3. Grab 2 pieces of wrapped rice mixture then tie with folded sides together using a string.

Part 3

  1. In a steamer, pour enough water then steam the wrapped rice mixture for 1 1/2 hours or until done.
  2. Unwrap the binallay and transfer to serving plate. Serve with *latik.
  3. To make latik, mix 2 cups of coconut milk with 1 cup brown sugar and cook until it thickens then pour on top of binallay.

Credits to: