Filipinos have always been fond of rice cakes or kakanin since the dawn of time. No birthday party, family reunion, or simple get-together would be complete without at least one type of kakanin on the table. Traditions have taught us that a kakanin’s sticky consistency serves as a symbol for a family to remain intact and stick together through thick and thin. So the next time you’re in a Filipino household that’s hosting a party, stop wondering why there’s a colorful-looking rice cake on the table. Just give it a try and be addicted forever!
It may be the all-time favorite Pichi-Pichi, Bibingka, Sapin-Sapin, Suman and many more! The list goes on and on because almost every region and province in the country has its own version of the rice cake. But if you’re wondering what to try, then perhaps you should go with the most famous duo of kakanin in the Philippines, Puto, and Kutsinta.
These two have been every Filipino’s all-time favorite kakanin simply because of their tasty flavors and consistency. We are also so used to having these as kids every morning when a Puto and Kutsinta vendor casually strolls around the neighborhood with the catchy tune of his horn. Well, it doesn’t matter whether you’re Team Puto or Team Kutsinta because today, we’ll be combining both of them into one delicious and irresistible dessert!
Puto Kutsinta Recipe
The ingredients we’ll need to make this Puto Kutsinta Recipe can be readily bought from local markets and grocery stores. You might even find them in your own kitchen most of the time! The procedures are also simple. We just have to separate them into two, one for kutsinta and one for puto to avoid confusion. But don’t worry! Each procedure is very beginner-friendly, so I’m sure that you can handle it. So, are you all set? Then let’s do it!
First of all, the ingredients we’ll need to make the kutsinta are cassava flour, all-purpose flour, lye water, sugar, and brown sugar. On the other hand, what we need to make the puto are flour, sugar, baking powder, egg, powdered milk, water, oil, and vanilla. Also, don’t forget to prepare some molders because they are very important in making these delicious rice cakes.
Now that we’re all set, let’s start cooking! To make the kutsinta, we shall first prepare the brown sugar mixture. In a cooking plan, pour the brown sugar and keep on stirring until it’s melted. Then, add some water and thoroughly mix it until it becomes dissolved. After that, simply combine all of the dry ingredients together including the cassava flour, all-purpose flour, and sugar. Make sure to mix them thoroughly. Next, add the lye water, then gradually pour the brown sugar mixture while mixing it well. Finally, prepare to pour the entire mixture into the molds but only until it reaches halfway. Arrange the molds carefully and let them steam for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
Next up, we’ll start making the puto mixture by first combining the dry ingredients including all-purpose flour, powdered milk, sugar, and baking powder. Mix them all well and set them aside. Next, add the eggs, vanilla, and water into the mixture and make sure to mix thoroughly until the desired consistency is achieved. Then, pour the mixture into the mold with the cooked kutsinta. Use a strainer to maintain the fine consistency of your puto, don’t skip this step if you want to achieve the best results! Steam the mixture for at least 10 minutes until it’s cooked.
And voila! Congratulations because you’ve successfully cooked your very own version of the Puto Kutsinta Recipe at home. Serve it with some extra cheese to make it even more special!
Very easy, right? Serve the puto kutsinta alongside some ice-cold soft drinks and I’m sure that everyone will have a satisfying merienda. This recipe is perfect for all kinds of occasions as a snack or the partner dishes for pancit, palabok, or sopas!
Ingredients for Kutsinta:
- 1/2 cup of Cassava Flour
- 1 cup of all-purpose Flour
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp. Lye Water/Lihia
- ¼ cup of sugar
Ingredients for Puto:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pc of egg
- ¼ cup of powder milk
- 1 and ½ cups of water
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 2 tbsp. of oil
Procedures for kutsinta:
- In a cooking pan put the ½ cup of brown sugar and stir until melted.
- Add the 1 cup of water then mix until dissolved and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, put the cassava flour, all-purpose flour, and sugar then mix well.
- While mixing, add water gradually and continue to mix until mixed.
- Add lye water and add gradually the dissolve sugar then mix well.
- Pour the mixture half of the molds and arrange into steamer and steam for 10 minutes to 15 minutes.
Procedures for Puto:
- In a mixing bowl, put the all-purpose flour, powder milk, sugar and baking powder. Mix well. Then set aside.
- Add the eggs, vanilla and water. Mix well.
- Stir until mixed and strain the mixture
- Pour the puto mixture into top of steam kutsinta.
- Steam for about 8-10 minutes.
- Serve the puto kutsinta with grated cheese.