Rice Balls (Mote Lone Yay Paw)

Rice Balls (Mote Lone Yay Paw)

Mote Lone Yay Paw is a traditional sweet rice balls. The name says food that float on water, in Myanmar language. It is usually stuffed with palm sugar. The food is often served during the celebration of Myanmar New Year which is also know as Thingyan Festival. During the festival, which includes throwing water at each other, some youngsters, in sprite of teasing each other, stuff hot chillies in rice balls instead of palm sugar. Mote Lone Yay Paw is often served with grated coconut.


  • glutinous rice flour – 800 g
  • rice flour – 200 g
  • coconut – 1 (grated)
  • water – 1 cup

  • Apple flavor color – 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
  • plam sugar – 200 g (cut into cubes)


1. Sift glutinous rice flour and rice flour in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. If you want to add color, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of apple flavor color.

2. Add 1 cup of water in the mixture and knead well until the dough is smooth.

3. Scoop small doughs, roll into balls and fatten.

4. Place a chunk of palm sugar in the center of flat circled dough and put back dough into a ball shape.

5. Boil water in a large pot. Once boiling, drop in the balls.

6. The balls will float to the surface when cooked.

7. Take out the balls and put them on banana leave or plate.

8. Spread grated coconut on rice balls and serve hot.

13 comments to Rice Balls (Mote Lone Yay Paw)

  • Katie  says:

    Dear Wutyeefoodhouse,

    I want to request you that i want to use your photos on my recipe book for school assignment. Please let me use.

    With regards,

    • admin  says:

      Yeah you can use photos for non-commercial! Just call me Wut Yee. Thanks. :)

  • Hmone Gyi  says:

    Honestly i have glutinous rice flour, rice flour, plam sugar at home too and i just didn’t know that i can make it with these ingredients and i can make some heee :D

    • admin  says:

      Yeah you can! :)

  • Vivian  says:

    Can u send me right now how to make plata?please!

  • Su Mon  says:

    Dear Ma Wut Yee,

    May I share your photos for my facebook and I’ll credit to you with your name. we are travel agency and I would like to give information about Myanmar Traditional foods on facebook. So, I would like to know your desire. If you let, I’ll very appreciate and thankful. If you don’t, I won’t be copy any of your Photo. Just request for permission!!!

    Best Regards,

    Su Mon

  • Danny  says:

    Thanks Wut Yee! Your recipes are really helpful. (I’ve tried one) :D

  • Nicole  says:

    Could you make these balls and freeze or refrigerate after step 4, boiling later when ready to serve?

  • martha  says:

    Would definitely make this desert. Beauiful photos. Please keep posting in english.

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  • nel  says:

    Can you show me how to make coconut jello?

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