Kutsinta or Cuchinta

Kutsinta will forever have special place in my heart. It was the first product that inspired my mom’s Sally’s Bake Shop in 1966. She had seen mothers buying kutsinta after a movie. An idea soon hit her. Why not make my own kutsinta? Here is a kutsinta recipe similar to mom’s.


1 1/4 cups rice flour (substitute with all-purpose flour)

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 cups water

1 teaspoon white lihia or lye (or potassium carbonate solution)

1/4 teaspoon yellow coloring

2 tablespoons white sugar

Topping: freshly grated coconut or cheese


1. Caramelize the white sugar with one cup water in a saucepan. Cool.

2. Once the mixture in number 1 is cooled, add the rest of the ingredients except toppings. Mix well and strain the ingredients using a strainer.

3. Prepare muffin pans by brushing with butter.

4. Steam for 20 to 30 minutes or or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

5. Add more water to the steamer if needed.

6. Just before the kutsinta is cooked, add grated cheese on the top (optional)

7. Remove from the muffin pans and serve with freshly grated coconut.

11 thoughts on “Kutsinta or Cuchinta

  1. dalagita

    ang rice flour po ba ay yung giniling na bigas kung bibili sa palengke?
    or do i have to buy it in the grocery pa? tnx.

  2. alely

    i heart kutsinta!
    .-= alely´s last blog ..girls day out =-.

  3. Winziph

    ginutom niyo naman po ako, i am craving for kutchinta this time kasalanan niyo po. joke.
    .-= Winziph´s last blog ..ABS-CBN Showtime Grand Finals Champion XB GenSan =-.

  4. Raven

    I am so interested in doing this recipe because I love kuchinta. Where can I buy white lihia? I looked for it at the supermarket but couldn’t find it.

  5. Raven

    Where can I buy white lihia?

  6. rowena

    i am pleased that you included this traditional filipino recipe…its tasty and yummy!hope to read more about your cooking

  7. krissy

    i love kutsinta it is prepared by my aunt many times at every fiesta TY

  8. krissy

    this kutsinta was the best of all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. tess chamberlin

    ang sarap pong magluto nang kutsinta kaya lang ang problema lihiya..saan ho yan mabili..or how to make lihia?..thanx

  10. Ybette

    I think this recipe is super yummy . But am confused if the one cup water to caramelize sugar in no .1, is a separate from the two cups, in the ingredients? 3 cups all in all? Thanks !

  11. Ybette

    You can find rice flour in grocery stores. You can always ask from the salesladies if you cant find them ..

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