This is a chewy and tasty Kutsinta recipe that you will surely love. I use homemade lye water and it’s easy and you can make this the same time you make Pichi pichi too.
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This is the only recipe you need to make Kutsinta. After using various recipe and fail them, I will stick to this one. This will yield the Kutsinta which I remember in PI.
I also made this together with the Pichi-pichi so that I can use the steamed water at the same time – to save time. And for those who have trouble finding lye water in your area, below is the instruction on how to make your own lye water, to make a chew Kutsinta, similar to the Kutsinta we have at home.
Filipinos are known to be very hard working people. I can attest to that seeing how hard my parents work hard to earn their keep. Aside from seeing my parents work hard, I also see them save money and they are very particular about where and how to spend their money. And one of those rare moment they spend their 2 cents was this Kutsinta. I remember my mom pull 10 centavo from her pocket when we hear this manong (older man) call out Kutsinta a the top of his lung. Sweating and carrying a pair of container on his shoulder, kids conjugate around him to get their snack. It was one of those great memories I cherish.
Since I am here in the US, I learned to make this and hoping to be able to make the taste similar to how I remember it. Fun times and it is nice to reminisce great memories.
HOW TO MAKE KUTSINTA?
- Prepare the ingredients ahead of time to stress less.
- Mix all of the dry ingredients and add in the wet ingredients.
- Place mixture in the mold and steam for 45 minutes to an hour.
WHAT OTHER FLOUR SUBSTITUTE CAN I USE?
- You can use rice flour, but I like the Tapioca flour better.
- You can skip the Annato powder, but the color will not be as dark.
- Make the lye water substitute, since it is easy to make. Discard the leftover.
HOW CAN I MAKE LYE WATER SUBSTITUTE?
- It was said that lye water is not healthy for you; so make your own lye water substitute.
- Mix 2 teaspoons baking soda with 1 cup of water and boil. Let cool and use.
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.
- Add in the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly until smooth.
- Place mixture in an individual mold and steam for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Remove Kutsinta from the mold using a sharp knife and roll into a shredded coconut or shredded cheese.