Ginataan or oftentimes called Ginataang Halo-halo is a favorite Filipino mid-day snack or dessert.
It is made from boiled coconut milk with a mix of bananas, sweet potatoes, taro root and tapioca pearls or sago.
An important component is the bilo-bilo or glutinous flour balls.
You can use either Galapong or a mix of sweet rice flour with water.
Tapioca pearls from your Asian store come in cooked and dried form.
If all you have are dried tapioca pearls, soak them overnight and boil for 5-10 minutes with enough water.
It will take you hours to boil dried tapioca pearls if they are not soaked beforehand.
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FOR THE BILO-BILO OR GALAPONG BALLS
1 Make the bilo-bilo by mixing the sweet rice flour with water. Roll in 1/2 inch balls.
2 Mix the coconut milk, water, sugar and bilo-bilo in a pot and bring to a boil.
3 Turn the heat down and simmer for 10 minutes, making sure the balls don't stick together.
4 Add the sweet potatoes and taro root and cook for another 5 minutes, then add the bananas and tapioca pearls.
5 Cook for 3 - 4 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and taro root are soft but not mushy.
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