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.
1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoon homemade lye substitute (Homemade Lye Water Substitute)
2 teaspoons Annato powder
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.
Note: This recipe was adapted with changes from Panlasang Pinoy
- Category: filipino
- Method: steaming
- Cuisine: filipino