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Kutsinta Recipe (Kutchinta)

Kutsinta is a very simple Filipino steamed dessert with a distinctive shade of orange hue or color brought about by using dark brown sugar and annato seeds as a natural food coloring.  These kutchinta resemble the look of steamed sticky rice cakes with a sweet, soft, and chewy texture.  It is then topped with freshly grated coconut meat or kinayod na niyog.
Kutsinta Recipe

How To Make Kutsinta Recipe or Kutchinta


I love the sweet taste of freshly steamed kutsinta with freshly grated coconut meat topping.  The color fo the kutchinta makes it distinct from the rest of the other kakanin because it is bright orange or dark reddish orange in color.  It also has a very unique flavor because of using tapioca starch and lye water as ingredients.  The lye water is stored in a bottle and can be bought in most Chinese grocery stores or local markets.

Ingredients for Making Kutchinta

Here are the ingredients in making this Kutsinta Recipe:
  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ cup flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon annato seeds, soaked in 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lye water
  • 3 cups water

Kitchen Tools and Utensils Needed in Making Kutsinta:

Here are the other important kitchen tools and utensils that you may also need:
  1. Silicone Molds
  2. Steamer

Procedures on How To Make Kutsinta Recipe (Kutchinta)

Here are the step by step process or procedures that you will need to follow in making Kutchinta:

1.  In a bowl, add the tapioca starch,
2.  Add the flour,
3.  Mix the dry ingredients well.
4.  Then add the water gradually.
5.  Add the 2 tablespoons of annato water.
6.  Mix well.
7.  Add the lye water.
8.  Mix well.
9.  Place mixture into individual molds.
10.  Place steamer in a pot with boiling water.
11.  Steam kutsinta mixture for 1 hour over medium heat.
12.  Remove kutsinta from steamer and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
13.  Gently remove kutsinta from molds.
14.  Garnish with grated coconut before serving.
15.  Serve and enjoy with your favorite drink.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our simple Filipino Parenting website on regarding this cooking steamed dessert Kutsinta Recipe.  Learn how to make Kutchinta and serve it as a simple snack or as a dessert for Fiestas, other special occasions such as birthdays, and Holidays such as All Saint's Day, All Soul's Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

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