Karioka or carioca is a Filipino street food made from glutinous rice flour and coconut meat which is deep fried, then dipped in coconut milk and sugar syrup. Sounds delicious? It's also easy to make and uses minimal ingredients. It’s soft on the inside and crispy on the outside with a hint of coconut and warm thick sweet syrup.
Karioka: Filipino Sweet Coconut Rice Balls [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
For the Karioka:
- 2 cups glutinous rice flour
- 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Oil, for deep frying
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- Combine karioka ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Once it forms a dough, shape it into small balls, then set them aside.
- Heat enough oil in a wok for deep-frying. Once oil is hot, drop shaped dough into the wok, one by one.
- Deep fry until golden brown in color.
- Remove the balls, set aside, and let it drain on a wire rack.
- Place all glaze ingredients in a saucepan then mix well, cook over medium heat until sauce thickens.
- Drop karioka balls in the glaze to coat them. Once all coated, place them in skewers then serve while hot.