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.

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11 thoughts on “Kutsinta or Cuchinta”

  1. 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 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.

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

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

  5. 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 !

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