Filipino Native Food · Kakanin

How to make Kutsinta

How to make Kutsinta

Kutsinta is one of my favorite Pinoy delicacies or kakanin. I always buy a pack (6 pcs) of these for breakfast with pancit bihon that you can buy in the neighborhood. This is a classic kutsinta with niyog. Ang sarap nakaka-miss! This recipe is so quick and easy to do!

If you can’t find cassava flour (tapioca flour) you can try this recipe instead using another ingredients for kutsinta – Kutsinta using Rice Flour and All purpose flour

*Cook Notes: What is lye water (lihiya), a very little amount of lye water is added to kutchinta recipe to make it gooey in texture (it makes the texture slightly elastic). This is what makes kutchinta different from other kakanin. You can buy lye water or lihiya in palengkeng bayan if you’re in Philippines, for other countries you can buy it in asian stores, or Filipino Online stores near your area. You can also buy lye water solution in Lazada or Shopee. 

Kutsinta Recipe


  • 1 cup cassava flour (tapioca flour)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups water (use the same cups used in measuring your flour)
  • 1 tbsp lye water*
  • 1 tsp atsuete seeds or achuete powder (optional pangkulay)


  1. In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients starting from the cassava flour, all-purpose flour, and brown sugar then mix all the ingredients.
  2. Gradually add water  and continue mixing until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. (For atsuete water: soak the atsuete seeds in 3 tbsp water to get the red color, keep mixing until very red or soak it for a few minutes, then discard seeds after). Mix lye water and atsuete water to the flour mixture then continue mixing.
  4. Place the mixture into individual molds and steam for 40 minutes to 1 hour over low heat only. Check it with toothpick test in the center, if your toothpick comes out clean. Then it’s cooked.
  5. Serve with fresh shredded coconut or cheese on top. Share and Enjoy!

Cooking Tips and Ideas:
You want a unique flavour of Kutsinta? Try these unique flavors of Mango, Ube and Pandan Kutsinta! You can use fresh ingredients or use flavorings & food coloring. You can usually buy it in leading supermarkets.

How to make Kutsinta
How to make Kutsinta