Kutsinta Recipe

Kutsinta or kuchinta or even brown rice cake is a type of “kakanin” that uses lye water as an ingredient. Kutsinta is somewhat sticky yet chewey (thats what lye water does) at the same time and is best eaten with grated coconut on top.

This kutsinta recipe requires minimum effort and the procedures are so easy to follow. If your thinking of making something for merienda, this would be a very good recipe worth trying. Kutsinta is best served with grated coconut on top.

In addition, this is one of the most popular Filipino desserts to date. Try this easy-to-prepare Kutsinta recipe.

Kutsinta or Kutchinta

Kutsinta Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp lye water
  • 2 tsp anatto seeds

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients starting from the rice flour, all-purpose flour, and brown sugar then mix all the ingredients.
  2. While mixing, add water gradually and continue to mix until all ingredients are completely distributed.
  3. Add lye water and anatto water (soak the anatto seed in 3 tbsp water) then continue mixing.
  4. Place the mixture into individual molds and steam for 40 minutes to an hour.
  5. Serve with grated or shredder coconut on top. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 6

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  1. Jimboy Seno says:

    thanks more power again awesome i can make this at home….

  2. wala po akong mold na ganyan. pwede ko po bang gamitin yung mold ng muffins?

  3. Hi Kuya! I tried your recipe last 2 weeks ago, problem was nagstick po xa sa moulder ko. Kailanga ko bang mag spray ng oil inorder not to stick?

    • Melai, this can happen depending on the mold that you are using. You can grease the mold before you pour-in the mixture to avoid this scenario. If in case you are already in this scenario, let the mixture cool down a little so that the kutsinta will be less sticky. Separate the kutsinta from the mold by gently running an icing spatula (or any thin flat tool that you have) around the mold. Try to push the kutsinta using the spatula from the base while gently pulling it out.

  4. annabel says:

    hello..ask q lang po kung wlang lye water anu po ba ang pweding ipalit instead of lye water??gusto qng gumawa kaso wla aqng mbiling lye water…slamat po..

  5. ang lye water pag old stock na, hindi magiging maganda ang labas ng kutsinta. dapat segurado ka na ang lye water ay bago.

  6. just asking ok lang ba na all purpose flour lang? and how long po yung cooking time ng 1 cup na kutsinta? thank you po!

  7. Hi kuya vanjo! Tried your kutsinta recipe today and its perfect! Since we are living abroad ngcrave talaga kmi for pinoy food. Thanks for the site, super helpful sya, i also tried your biko, leche flan, puto to name a few and it came out good and it fits my tastebuds. Nxt tym pichi pichi naman. Thank u and hoping for more recipes to come.

  8. Where can I buy those molds? I looked online and cannot find them. I live in South Carolina.

  9. hello ask klang po kung may substitute for all purpose flour, I’m in England and can’t find all purpose flour, not sure whether to use plain flour or perhaps self-raising flour if it’s ok? Thanks, God bless.

  10. 1 cup is equivalent to 250mL

  11. dheejhayz says:

    hhi,yung rice flour ba yung ordinary lang o yung rice flour na made of malagkit na bigas?thank you..

  12. lovely bee says:

    hi..dito po sa manila san po ako makabili nan rice flour?available po na po ba ito sa palengke o sa supermarket na naka pack or yun bigas ay ipapagiling nan dry.thank you very much po.

  13. charina says:

    ask ko lang po regarding rice flour…what kind of rice flour…glutinous rice flour? how about steaming the mold…need po bang may cover each mold? and with what kind of cover?

  14. hello panlasang pinoy ask klang po kung gano kalaki ung cup…kc 3 cups of water eh malalaki ang cup nmin d2 bka masobrahan hehehe tnx po godbless

  15. Neil Bautista says:

    I tried this recipe and it turned out SUCCESSFUL, thanks! But instead of using LYE WATER I used 2 tsp of Baking Soda. Nice!

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