How to make puto kutsinta/cuchinta

Kutsinta is a brown rice cake, a favorite snack in the Philippines. It is eaten with freshly grated coconut as a combination. The Lye Water (potassium carbonate solution) makes the taste distinct and great. If you are planning or interested in making rice cakes, puto kutsinta or cuchinta, lye water can be purchased in most Asian Food Stores. Here is the procedure and video how to make rice cakes or kutsinta. Enjoy.

How to make puto kutsinta

You will need the following ingredients:

• 1 cup rice flour (or all purpose flour)
• 2 cups brown sugar
• 3 cups water
• 1 teaspoon lye water
• freshly grated coconut


1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until smooth and free from lumps. Strain to remove lumps.
2. Pour into muffin cups, until half full..
3. Steam in a large pan with a cover; the water should be around 2 inches deep.
4. Cook for 30 minutes, to check if it is done, insert/puncture it with a toothpick, and when it comes out clean, your kutsinta is cooked. Add more water if necessary.
5. Once cooked, let it cool for 15 to 20 minutes then remove kutsinta from muffin pans and serve with freshly grated coconut.

If you want to see the procedure on how to make this type of rice cakes on video, here it is:

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