Putchinta (Puto+Kutsinta)

Here’s something unique. Try this “Putchinta”, a locally known delicacy in the Philippines.

INGREDIENTS:

For Kutchinta:
1 cup cassava flour
1 cup + 2 tbsp flour
1 ¼ cup brown sugar 
1 teaspoon lye water 
annatto seeds or atsuete (for coloring)
3 ¼ cups water

For Puto:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon oil
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon baking powder 
½ cup of water 

INSTRUCTIONS:

For Kutsinta:
1. Prepare molds and brush with oil. Start boiling water in the steamer pot.
2. Combine all dry ingredients together and mix them well.

3. Add in water, lye water and a few drops of annatto for coloring. Mix it thoroughly using a wire whisk.
4. Strain the mixture to remove any lumps.
5. Brush the muffin pans or molds with oil and add ½ tablespoon of kutchinta mixture in each mold. Steam for 10 minutes. If the kutchinta gets a little watery on top, make sure to remove the water before adding the puto mixture on top.

For Puto:
6. While waiting for the kutchinta, prepare the puto. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients for the puto batter.
7. Make a well at the centre of the dry   ingredients then add all the liquid ingredients.
8. Add melted butter and mix well. Transfer the batter in a jug. Divide the mixture if you wish to add puto colors (optional). Rest for 30 minutes before cooking to activate the baking powder.

9. Add 1 tbsp puto mixture into the steamed kutchinta moulds.
10. Steam for around 10 minutes. Insert a stick in the middle of the puto, when   the stick comes out clean, then your puto is now cooked. Remove from the heat and let it cool down completely before removing from the mould.
11. Brush melted butter on your plate. Loosen  up the puto from the moulds once cooled down then transfer it into the plate.

60 pcs. Putchinta can be sold for about 250-350 pesos

Recipe Courtesy to: https://www.mamasguiderecipes.com/2019/07/23/putchinta-for-business/

Written by

John Restel Martinez

An enthusiast with a bachelor's degree in Tourism Management, a certified hotelier, and a good Son! Exploring the world of research and blogging.