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Purple Biko (Sweet Rice Cake)

Biko is a sticky rice cake Filipino delicacy that is slightly sweetened and cooked in coconut milk. The addition of the black glutinous rice made it healthier and gave it a better texture when you bite into it.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking Time2 hrs
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: biko, kakanin, sweet rice cake
Author: Pam from Pinoybites.com


  • 1 cup Black Glutinous Rice rinse and soak in 1 cup water for 2 hours
  • 1 cup Glutinous Rice rinsed and drained ..DO NOT SOAK
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can Coconut Milk (400 ml)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar or white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp McCormick Ube flavor (optional)

Here's How:

  • Drain the water from the black glutinous rice and place rice in a saucepan with a lid ( preferably non-stick ) together with the other glutinous rice that has been rinsed and drained. Add water, stir, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Once boiling, stir and lower heat to a simmer. Replace lid and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a non-stick saute pan, combine coconut milk, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil and gently pour the cooked rice to the coconut mixture.
  • Continue stirring until all the liquid has been absorbed and rice is cooked to desired doneness.
  • Transfer to a greased pan.


*** If you want to make plain Biko, use 2 cups of regular glutinous rice instead and follow the rest of the recipe. There’s no need to soak the rice.
*** For a more authentic look, line your serving dish with banana leaves. Grease the dish with a little bit of coconut oil before placing the cooked biko.