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. Ty very much, try ko Ito, hanap ako ng lye water or lihiya

  2. Hi!
    Thanks for sharing this kutsinta recipe. I made this and it was perfect!!
    Im happy with the result :) God Bless and more recipes to share.. :)

  3. len gonzales says:

    h! is rice powder same as rice flour? wala kse ako makitang rice flour, glutinous rice flour meron, pero d yta pede un….tnx! hope u can reply.

  4. gd pm po.

    kailan po ba may cheesecloth na pantakip kapag nag steam na po? any alternative po sa cheesecloth? please reply poooooo.

  5. joan cabrera says:

    may alternative ba ang rice flour at lye water???????kz hirap humanap ng mgasangkap d2,,island po kzd2…

  6. yes,lye water is poisonous in a long run if taken in large amount/or taken more frequently

  7. hi..kuya. sinubukan q po ung vegetable stir-fry pasta, an srap nagustuhan ng husband q, unique dw po. tnx po. mrami n aqng natry s recipe mo kuya, at mraming slamat po. at itry q i2ng kutsinta. buti nlang mron po kayung recipe nito. tnx po and god bless.

  8. Kuya bkt ganun nangyari sa kutsinta ko hnd nag set sa mold? Nalagay ko nman lahat ng ingridients at nasundan ko rin yung procedure bkt malabot at super sticky yung kutsinta ko? Anyway thank u sa mga recipe na pinupost mo.. More power!

  9. wow! i really love to cook, im glad to discover your site,it really helps!

  10. Kaya din po pala hndi naalis sa mold ang kutsinta ko
    Koz glut.rice flour po gnmit ko… Pero ung lasa nia its the same…
    Nid po ba talga {rice flour} nkasulat… Ty po

  11. melydeg says:


    natry ko po ung leche flan nu at nagustuhan po ng asawa ko :) sir ung lye water at rose water pareho lng ba o hnd?? :D

    gumagawa po me now ng kutsinta kaso walang lye water. try ko lang :D

    thank you po.

  12. cristina says:

    yung molds na ginamit po ba ay plastic? hindi po ba sya matutunaw pag ini-steam? thanks.

  13. San ko pa makukuha un anatto seeds does walmart has it or heb pls reply thankssss

  14. Hi Kuya,

    What kind of molding did you used for kutsinta? Where can I get those tiny molding gadget? Is that made of silicone? And lastly what kind of steamer do you have. I have the generic brand only.I like your steammer though.


  15. ano ung pinambabalot sa mga kakanin

  16. what happens if i use glutenous rice flour? does it have to be just plain rice flour? thanks!

  17. Madison Bee says:

    gumawa ako nyan pero watery sya but I also followed your procedure.. Ska sobrang lagkit yung kutsinta. What went w rong po kaya..

  18. Thanks for posting your recipes online and in youtube, anyway i have been looking for the kutsinta molding and i found it online on Amazon.com or either in World Market store here in the US. TheY sold it for $2.95 for 6pcs. just FYI. Its NOT really for kutsinta molding its a muffin mold but it is perfect as substitute if you can’t find any… Thank you Panlasang pinoy for all your recipe and great ideas! More power!

  19. ranier0722 says:

    hi . ano po ba ang naiko contribute ng lye water sa kutsinta ? ty

  20. your so good talaga for cooking. this sites it helps very much to the people abroad, and also to me thank you very to you.

  21. Greeting from Chicago,
    Thanks for the Kutsinta Recipe. Na-try ko na kanina at nakuha ko yong tamang itsura at lasa. I was so excited kasi yong ang favorite kong kakanin. I have a question, can I use coconut milk instead of water sa Kutsinta? Thanks a lot. I love your site, so easy to follow and simple! God bless you!

  22. ano po ang alternative sa lye water

  23. errymil says:

    nakuha ko na finally, ung rice flour na ginamit ko ung d glutinous ung kulay pula na label, hindi ung green, then ung sa steamer gumamit ako ng cheese cloth para maabsorb ung moisture, tapos kelangan talga ng plastic mold me nabili ako sa sa bed bath and beyond, kasi andito rin ako sa california, kaya laking tulong din nun. $4 lang ata un at 16 molds na un.

  24. Hello Panlasang Pinoy! Love your site. Just wanted to comment re: lye water. I did a little research and found that lye water has some health risk. Here’s some links..



    Are there safer and better alternatives you can recommend because I love me some kutsinta!

    • I’ve heard about this too and it freaked me out – I used to eat kutsinta a lot growing up :S

      An alternative to lye water would be great :)

  25. Hello po, Meron po ba ung lye water sa walmart store d2 po sa USA? tsaka ano po ba ang diff ng glutinous rice flour sa sweet rice flour? Thank’s alot! YOur site is really a big help for s!

  26. Did you use lye water, kathleen? Lye water is responsible in making kutsinta less sticky and firm. If you did use it, maybe it was not enough. Hope this helped.

  27. Nene, it is a type of flavoring. You should be able to find it in grocery isles where similar flavorings are located such as vanilla extract etc. If you are not in the Philippines, try looking for it in Asian stores (McCormick brand is the most common).

  28. is it okay to use the atsuete powder the one that’s on the pack as alternative for the anatto seed?

  29. Can I use baking soda instead of lye water? can I also do a water bath in the oven instead of steaming? How much baking soda if it’s okay to use and how much time baking?

  30. melissa says:

    Good day Chef!
    thanks for all your recipes. Natry ko n ung ibang recipe and OK daw sabi ni hubby and my son. Lalo n po ung pandesal. kalasa po ng binibili nmin b4 s asian store. I want to try your Pichi-pichi and kutsinta, but my I have here some SILICOn mold. ok lng po b n un ang gamitin ko. di b didikit un? Thanks po and God bless!!!

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