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Kutsinta or Cuchinta

Jul 25

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.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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

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

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

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