Kutsinta or kutchinta is a round brown rice cake a popular Filipino snack made with a few ingredients and topped with grated coconut. Kutsinta is usually sold by street vendors. There are a few versions of Kutsinta recipe but the common ingredient is the lye water to give it a chewy texture.
It was still chewy and not hard after being in the fridge for 3 days. Just make sure the lye water measurement is 2 teaspoons. You may grate coconut in advance and place it in the freezer.
How to Make Kutsinta
Watch my video “How to make Kutsinta”. You’ll be amaze how easy it is to make it in no time. Try this kutsinta recipe today! Magluto na tayo.
- 1/4 cup glutinous rice flour
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons lye water
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon powdered achiote dissolved in 2 teaspoon of water, take the water from the 1 ½ cup water this recipe calls for or use 2 teaspoons of annatto seeds dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water
- vegetable oil to coat mold
- grated coconut for topping
In a bowl, put all the dry ingredients. The all-purpose flour, glutinous rice flour and brown sugar. Mix well.
Add ½ cup of water at a time to the mixture. Mix every time you add water until mixture is thoroughly dissolved and smooth.
Add lye water and the achiote mixture. (Note: Take the water to dissolve the achiote from the 1 ½ cup this recipe calls for.)
Get another bowl and pour mixture through a strainer to get rid of lumps for a smoother consistency.
Add 8 cups of water in the steamer. Bring to a boil.
Brush each mold lightly with vegetable oil and pour mixture to about ¾ full on each mold.
Steam for 45 minutes or poke one or two of the kutsinta with a toothpick. If toothpick comes out clean then it is cook already. Remove from heat and let it cool down before removing from the mold.
Use a pointed spatula to loosen it from the mold and transfer to a plate. Sprinkle the top of each kutsinta with grated fresh coconut.
The mold I used was almost 3 inches wide x 1 inch height and came up with 14 kutsinta. If your mold is smaller you’ll end up with more servings.
1. Wait till it cools down before using a pointed spatula to get it out of the mold. It is easier to remove it plus you get a rounder shaped kutsinta.
2. You may substitute the glutinous rice flour with tapioca starch using the same measurement.
3. Wrap the steamer lid with cheese cloth so water doesn't drip on the kutsinta making it mushy.
4. I had it in the fridge for 3 days and it was still soft to touch and chewy. But longer than 3 days I’m not really sure if texture will harden.
5. I used frozen grated coconut.