Are you a fond of different varieties of kakanin? Try this very common kakanin in the Philippines which is “Kutsinta”.
Kutsinta (some other pronounce it as kutchinta or cuchinta) is another variety of kakanin in the Philippines that has a grated coconut meat. This kind of Islam in is usually served as merienda or snacks and dessert for us,Filipinos.
This steamed cake like kakanin is made from a mixture of rice flour,brown sugar and lye which is enhanced with yellow food coloring. Kutsinta is a jelly-like Islam in that has a grated coconut meat on top of it. It is frequently sold with puto. For a better or sweeter taste you can also add latik which also enhances the taste of your kutsinta.
- 400 grms tapioca flour or cassava starch
- ½ kg plain flour
- 1 kg brown sugar
- 1900 ml water
- 30 ml lye water
- orange food color
- grated coconut
- In a large and deep casserole or kettle or container, mix all the dry ingredients – plain flour, tapioca flour and brown sugar. Add in water and mix thoroughly until dry ingredients have basically dissolved into the water and a thick homogenous mixture is attained.
- Using a fine colander let the mixture pass the fine sieve. Strain properly to ensure a smooth mixture. You can press the soft lump to allow passing it into the fine colander. Continue doing this for the rest of the mixture until a smoother mixture is collected.
- Add in lye water into the mixture and stir properly until it becomes yellowish in color. Add in orange food color and continue stirring until it is evenly blended.
- The next step is to prepare the molds or small containers. Fill the cups with the mixture to about ¾ full. Arrange them properly in batches in the upper layers of the steamer.
- Heat the water in the steamer until it is briskly boiling. Mount the upper layers and steam for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the “kutsinta” have cooked through.
- Take the “kutsinta” from the steamer and allow cooling. Meanwhile continue with the succeeding batches. Continue cooking until all the mixture is consumed.
- Remove the cooked “kutsinta” from the molds and arrange them in serving plates. Top them with grated coconut and serve.
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