Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ready Mix Kutsinta

A kutsinta, kuchinta or brown rice cake is one of the most loved kakanin in the Philippines. It is usually made with rice flour, brown sugar, water, lye water and topped with grated coconut. Some recipes I found on the internet used cornstarch and annatto seeds. Finding lye water in the grocery store is a bit hard so I have settled for something easier, a ready mix kutsinta! I was a bit skeptic in trying it but I thought I have more to gain and nothing to lose. So I prepared it as soon as I found some free time!
Ready Mix Kutsinta

I think this is super easy because I just need to add a cup of water to the mixture. That was what the instructions on the box said. So I just followed it! The powder mixture is color white but it changed as soon as I added some water. I mixed it until the mixture is completely dissolved. I used the mini silicone cups, the one I use for mini cup cakes and puto.
Ready Mix Kutsinta
I steamed the mixture in the mold cups, as instructed, for 15 minutes. The cups I used are smaller so it will take about half the time on the instructions. Smaller cups, lesser cooking time. The first batch failed! The kutsinta did not come out clean from the mold cups and it looked like the photo below. It was a mess!
Ready Mix Kutsinta
I tried it again but this time, I brushed the mold cups with oil first. And it turned out to be a success!
Ready Mix Kutsinta
Its taste was close to the real thing but it was a little sweeter. It was also a little bit dry, not too moist, maybe because I overcooked it. I will just adjust the cooking time next time. The entire box yielded 36 mini cups. I am now looking forward to cooking ready mix kutsinta again soon. I hope you can try it too!
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