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Karioka/Carioka Recipe




Carioka or Karioka is a Filipino street food snack made from glutinous rice flour, coconut milk and coconut meat or flakes then dipped in caramelized coconut milk and sugar. Karioka is so simple to make and only few ingredients needed.


Karioka is deep fried until crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside and covered with sweet coconut sugar sauce. Karioka is a popular snack in the Philippines and Filipinos all over the world. It is almost the same as Ilonggo Bitso-Bitso with the texture and taste. 


You can substitute water instead of the coconut milk ingredients if you prefer a lighter taste or use half coconut milk with half water. 

I run out of young coconut meat and coconut sport (macapuno) so I used sweetened coconut flake and it work just well, actually I like it better. It made the karioka balls more chewy and more flavor. 

If you like Filipino desserts then this Karioka recipe is a must try. It is easy to make and delicious. 


Karioka Balls Ingredients
  • 1 cup sweet rice flour (glutinous rice flour)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flake
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk 
  • around 2 cups cooking oil


Karioka Balls Instructions
  1. Using a medium size bowl, mix glutinous rice flour, coconut flake and coconut milk. Mix together until dough is well mixed. 
  2. Scoop a tablespoon of dough mixture and form into a ball. You will end up with 16 medium size balls and good for 4 skewer.
  3. Heat a medium size deep pan in medium heat and add cooking oil. 
  4. Deep fry dough balls in hot oil until lightly brown and crispy for about 5 minutes turning it around every minute. 
  5. Remove fried dough balls from oil and drain excess oil or place to a paper towel lined plate. 

Sugar Coating Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


Sugar Coating Instructions
  1. Place coconut milk in a small sauce pan. 
  2. Bring into a quick boil then reduce the heat to medium low. 
  3. Add brown sugar and stir. 
  4. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens for about 5 to 10 minutes. 
  5. Remove pan from heat and allow the sugar coconut coating to cool slightly. 
  6. Dip the fried dough balls into the sugar coconut coating then skewer. 
  7. Serve and enjoy! 





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