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How to Make Puto and Kutsinta

By Pinoy Farmer | September 22, 2009
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PUTO Recipe

These all time favorite Filipino delicacies can be eaten as snacks or as a breakfast, both paired with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Making and selling puto and kutsinta are hit business opportunities because:

  1. they are ridiculously easy to make
  2. they require very little capital
  3. you can mark them up to as high as 300%
  4. and they are still affordable to the masses

Materials and Ingredients Needed

  • Steamer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Strainer
  • Muffin pan
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Wooden spoon or wire whisk
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp anise seed (optional)
  • 1 cup grated coconut or coconut flakes


  1. Sift the rice flour, baking powder, salt,  and white sugar together.
  2. In a bowl, add coconut milk to the sifted ingredients and blend until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add anise seeds or whatever flavoring you wish (vanilla, pandan, etc.) Mix and blend thoroughly.
  4. Carefully pour the mixture into the muffin pans (greased with butter beforehand), making sure you leave 1/3 space at the top. This is to give the puto space to expand upon cooking.
  5. Steam for about 30 minutes.
  6. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of puto — the toothpick must come clean.
  7. Top with grated coconuts.


How Much Will You Make

Puto is sold in packs. The going rate for plain homemade puto is P2.50 per piece, or P30 for an even dozen. You may charge a higher price for flavored puto, although people rarely buy too much of one particular flavor. Your best bet is to offer a combination of flavors in one pack.


Materials and Ingredients Needed

  • Steamer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Muffin pans or small, shallow bowls
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Wooden spoon
  • 2 cups cassava flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp lihia or lye water, P22.50 for 250g, available in supermarkets
  • 2 cups pandan juice
  • 8 tsp butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • Freshly grated coconut as topping


  1. Mix the butter and sugar.
  2. Sift the all-purpose flour and cassava flour.
  3. Combine these with the mixed butter and sugar.
  4. Pour the pandan juice and lihia and mix again until the texture is smooth.
  5. Pour into a muffin pan or shallow bowls, making sure to leave room at the top.
  6. Steam for 20 minutes.
  7. You may sell this with grated coconut on the side.

Tip: Be careful about the amount of lihia you put in, studies have shown that too much of it can actually cause corrosive burns in one’s esophagus and stomach.

How Much Will You Make

Homemade kutsinta sells for P1.50 per piece, although you may sell them in packs of 12 and charge an even P20 per pack. Kutsinta spoils easily, so make sure you only make what you can consume in half a day.

Source: www.entrepreneur.com.ph

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