Kutsinta or Puto Cuchinta is one of the most popular Filipino desserts. As a kid, I love eating kutsinta for breakfast and for snacks in the afternoon. It is chewy, sticky, and has a jelly-like texture. There are also colorful ones which makes it fun to eat. It turns out that kutsinta recipe is simple, quick, and easy to make. Its ingredients can be easily found in bakery supplies store or supermarket.
Kutsinta is a type of steamed rice cake sold along with puto. It is served all year round and always present during celebrations. It is made from a mixture of glutinous rice flour, brown sugar, and lye. Usually it is brownish in color because of using annatto extract (atsuete) but it can be enhance by using other food coloring and served with grated coconut or cheese. Other “kakanin” or Filipino delicacies that uses glutinous rice flour includes palitaw, bibingka, kalamay, bibingkang malagkit, at biko.
Kutsinta are usually molded in small cups to create circular shape. To be creative you can use other shapes if available. But traditionally, it is steamed using “bilao“, a large woven tray made of bamboo, lined with banana leaves. If you are cooking at home and you don’t have “bilao” or cups you can simply use your steamer and line them with banana leaves imitating the process of kutsinta sa bilao. Just make sure that the bottom and sides are completely covered.Print
Kutsinta is a type of steamed rice cake made of glutinous rice flour, brown sugar, and lye.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Yield: 10
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Steamed
- Cuisine: Filipino
- ½ cup glutinous rice flour
- ½ cup rice flour
- 2 tsp lye water (lihiya)
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1½ cup water
- 1 tsp annatto seeds
- vegetable oil for brushing pan
- grated coconut or cheese for toppings
- In a saucepan, heat the water and melt the brown sugar. Do not boil.
- Add the lye water and annatto water (soak the anatto seed in 2 tbsp water) to the dissolved brown sugar and then set aside.
- In a bowl, mix the glutinous rice flour and rice flour and add brown sugar mixture gradually, continue mixing until well combined.
- Strain to remove lumps.
- Brush the mold with vegetable oil and pour mixture.
- Add water at the bottom part of the steamer and bring to simmer over medium heat. Steam it for 45 minutes or until the top is set when touched. Remove from heat. Cool it down before removing from the mold.
- Serve with grated coconut or cheese on top or use it as dip.
Watch this video to try another recipe for kutsinta.
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Calories: 100
Keywords: native delicacy, steamed rice cake, quick and easy, traditional