Ginataang Halo-halo Recipe (Binignit)

Ginataang Halo-halo is a Filipino dessert dish. This is composed of different tubers such as sweet potato, purple yam, and taro root. Aside from the tubers, other ingredients include plantains, tapioca pearls, and glutinous rice balls (bilo-bilo). This dish is also known as binignit in some parts of the Philippines.

Dishes that are cooked in coconut milk are locally called “Ginataan”. This word was derived from the root word “gata”, which means coconut milk. On the other hand, the word “Halo-halo” refers to the combination of different components or ingredients that were used to complete the dish; this also refers to a popular Filipino summer dessert wherein several sweet ingredients are combined with crushed iced, evaporated milk, leche flan, and ube halaya.

Aside from being a dessert dish, Ginataang Halo-halo is also served during meryenda (mid afternoon snack).

I like the flavor and texture of this dessert dish: the sweetness is just about right while the soft and chewy texture of the components makes eating more enjoyable.

Do you like Ginataang Halo-halo too? What do you like most about this dish?

Ginataang Halo halo

Ginataang Halo-halo Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes (kamote), diced
  • 1 cup taro roots (gabi), diced
  • 1 1/2 cups purple yam
  • 1 1/4 cup plantains (saging na saba), diced
  • 1 cup ripe jackfruit (langka), sliced
  • 2 cups small tapioca pearls, cooked
  • 12 to 20 pieces glutinous rice balls (bilo-bilo)
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups water

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Pour water in a large cooking pot and apply heat. Let boil.
  2. Add 1 3/4 cups of coconut milk then wait until it re-boils.
  3. Put-in the sweet potatoes, purple yam, and taro roots and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. Pour-in the remaining coconut milk, sugar, and glutinous rice balls then stir. Simmer for 7 minutes.
  5. Add the plantains then cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Put-in the jack fruit and cook for 2 minutes more.
  7. Slowly slide-in the cooked tapioca pearls then stir. Simmer for 1 minute.
  8. Turn off heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  9. Serve either hot or cold. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4

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  1. Jetjet says

    Has anybody tried this without or with much less sugar? Just wondering if the natural sugars from the ingredients would be suffice. There is a Japanese restaurant here that makes flan using organic ingredients & much less sugar, but is still very good without going overboard with the sweetness.

    • mint says

      making this right now and will be using 3/4 cup sugar not 1 cup. just to give it enough sweetness. hope it will turn out just as good, thanks for the recipe.

  2. lhie says

    you can buy glutinous rice then add some water to make it bilo bilo…pero madaming water..tantiyahin lang yung tamang na bibilog mo yung glutinous rice..^_^

  3. Marianita Workman says

    This is another way to enhance bilo bilo flavor. Put at least a teaspoon or two of salt and use a coconut cream with a small amount of glutinous rice flour for thickener toward the end of cooking. Stir while pouring the thickener to avoid lumps. Sounds complicated but the effort is worth it!

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