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How to Make Tamalus (Rice Cake with Pork Filling)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Rice recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 5 slices
Author: Manny


  • 1 cup finely ground raw peanuts
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon atsuete or annatto seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup malagkit or glutinous rice flour
  • 1/2 kilo pork liempo cooked and thinly sliced
  • 6 pieces banana leaves wilted and greased (14" x 15")


    How to cook tamalus:

    • Cook peanut in water for 40 minutes. Sauté atsuete to extract color.
    • Remove seeds and brown garlic and onion. Add peanut, vinegar, one teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
    • Cook until peanut sauce is thick enough to spread.
    • Add the remaining seasonings to the water and mix flour to form a ball of dough.
    • Divide equally into two portions.
    • Put one portion on a banana leaf and roll out with a rolling pin.
    • Form a rectangle 10" x 5 x 1/8. Steam 5 minutes. Remove carefully from hot steam with a turner.
    • When cool, slip dough on another leaf. On the dough, arrange half of the pork and top with peanut sauce.
    • Fold dough neatly and spread top with peanut sauce.
    • Wrap with a piece of banana leaf and tie securely with a string.
    • Repeat the same procedure with the other half of the dough. Steam for two hours.
    • Before serving, divide each tamalus into 5 slices.