Mixed Fruits and Root Crops in Coconut Milk - Ginataang Halo-Halo


Looking for a healthy mid-afternoon snack for your family? You are on the right site! Try this mixed fruits and root crops cooked in coconut milk. The soft and chewy texture of all the ingredients makes this dish more enjoyable to eat!


This is one of the best merienda (mid-afternoon snack) that my mother cooks for us. It's a healthy dish where fruits and root crops are cooked in coconut milk. In our country, we call it "Ginataang Halo-Halo". The best thing I enjoy doing when preparing this dish is when we make "bilo-bilo". Bilo-bilo is made from glutinous rice flour, mixed with water, to shape it into balls. You just have to roll the dough of the glutinous rice added with a small amount of water to your hands, to make marble-sized balls.

There are also bilo-bilos that are purple in color. We mostly include the purple bilo-bilos to add color to this dish. You will surely like all the ingredients used here, especially the bilo-bilo, sweet potatoes and plantains.

What you need :


5 plantain (saba) bananas, peeled and cut into small pieces

1/2 kilo sweet potato, cut into small cubes

2 pcs big taro root (gabi), cut into small cubes

1/4 kilo glutinous flour, turned into bilo-bilo

1 cup cooked tiny sago (tapioca pearls)

1/4 cup jack fruit, sliced into strips

1/2 kilo light brown sugar

3 cups coconut milk


Cooking Procedures :


1. Boil enough water in a casserole dish.

2. Put in the bilo-bilos. When they float, add the cubed taro roots (gabi). Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the cubed sweet potatoes, sliced plantain (saba) bananas, together with sago and jack fruit. Simmer again for another 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.

4. Add the coconut milk and sugar, stir well. Cook over low heat, uncovered, until all the ingredients are tender, with constant stirring.

5. Serve. This dish may be served warm or cold.

24 Responses so far.

  1. GbSb says:

    My favorite merienda, I always love dishes with coconut milk which my province Catanduanes are very rich. Nice post friend.Keep blogging.

  2. MC says:

    Ang sarap nay! Drooling here...

  3. beingwell says:

    Friend, ang sarap! Super gusto ko to!!! Yummeee!

  4. Thank you friends for your valuable comments. Try it!

  5. ano meron? bakit puro pagkain ang nandito?

  6. Jeanette says:

    I would love to try this - bilo bilos sound like the small rice balls I've seen at the Asian supermarket.

  7. Macherie says:

    super favorite ko din to.. thanks for posting!=)

  8. anney says:

    Kahapon lang I was talking to my mom na magluto nito! Nag ke crave kasi ako. Ayan lalo tuloy ako nag crave sa post mo na to. hehehe!

  9. Wala ba tayong reunion? Para makakain kami ng mga recipes mo, sis. Hehe. Miss ko na kayong lahat. Thanks sis for being there always.

  10. REYAH says:

    yummy, ayan nag-crave tuloy ako dito...

  11. OMG this is perfect this rainy day season- Sarap!

  12. Ohlala, sarap naman ng gintaan or bilo bilo..

  13. Nom-nom-nom! This is the second blog I have visited with pictures of tasty foods! :) Yummy naman nyan. Now I feel like eating ginataan, esp with plenty of those bilobilo and saging na saba! Sarap to the max!

  14. Rcel says:

    Yum yum!!! That looks so delicious! That is my fave! It's been a while since the last time I made this. You have just given me an idea on what to cook on my hubby's birthday. <3

  15. Wow another favorite food of mine. Everytime I visit you're site I feel hungry. Hehe I wanna give a taste of your ginataan.

  16. I do love that food and I have tried so many different ingredients, maybe I'll try yours. thank you.

  17. papaleng says:

    My all time fave. tulo laway na ako. be sure to prepare one kapag napunta kami ni bunso sa house mo.

  18. Algene says:

    I think we call it "binignit" here in our place :) Isa yan sa mga favorite ko on a rainy season.

  19. Oh halo-halooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I miss eating you as a snacks :-) This makes me drool :-) It looks very delish :-) Can I have a cup pretty pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee?

  20. cheerful says:

    yummy, i love it...and really missed having one! thanks for sharing your recipe! i hope i can try to prepare one sometime. :)

  21. I am about to make this tonight. I just bought a pack of tapioca balls!!1

  22. Oh my dear. I miss this so much. I cook it here sometimes. Matrabaho nga lang.

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