August 5, 2013

Pichi Pichi (Steamed Cassava with grated coconut/cheese)

... it was so rich and exotic I was seduced into taking one bite and then another as I tried to chase the flavors back to their source. ~Ruth Reichl



Are you craving for some Filipino comfort food? Why don't you try making pichi pichi (1). You can topped it with grated cheese or roll it over grated coconut. If you want something that is fresh, go with the coconut. But if you want to cut down the sweetness of the pichi pichi, go with cheese. It's your choice, but whatever your choice is... both are amazingly good!  

(1) Pichi pichi is a chewy-gelatinous famous Filipino dessert made of grated fresh cassava (or cassava flour), sugar, and water. It is usually steamed but can also be baked. Traditionally, pandan or screwpine leaves are used to flavor the pichi pichi but you may also try using vanilla if pandan is not available.  

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups grated cassava (finely grate to have smoother texture)
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 3/4 cups pandan water OR 1 3/4 cups water + 1/2 tsp pandan extract
1 tsp lye water or lihiya
grated coconut (niyog na mura) OR grated cheese

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the grated cassava releases lots of liquid, just remove the liquid OR reduce the amount of water by 1/4 cup.

PROCEDURE:
1. Mix all the ingredients except for the grated coconut and cheese.




2. Pour the mixture into cup moulders or small muffin/cupcake moulder  (I used small puto moulders). Steam for 45 minutes to 1 hour.





4. Let the pichi pichi cool in the molders. Scoop out with a teaspoon and put in a plate or container. Roll each piece over grated coconut or topped it with grated cheese.





QUICK NOTES:
1. If fresh cassava is not available, you may replaced it with cassava flour. The amount of water is the same as the amount of flour.
2. Finely grate the cassava. Remove the rind.
3. If lye water is not available, you may still make pichi pichi but the texture will not be the same. Lye water makes the pichi pichi chewy (makunat).
4. If pandan is not available, use vanilla extract, about 1 tsp to 2 tsp.
5. If you don't have individual muffin moulds, you may also use your regular muffin/cupcake pan/tray. Bake it in baine-marie or hot water bath (175 C).
6. Don't roll the pichi pichi in grated coconut if you'll not yet consume it.
7. Put it inside the refrigerator to make it more chewy. Store it up to 3 days (without coconut).


Happy day always,

Rhea

2 comments:

Victoria Gervacio said...

nice recipe ng pichi2.ang dami kong blog na sinubukan para sa recipe na ito ,but sad to say di ako kuntento nagustuhan ko ang blog mo may alternative ka sa recipe mo keep it up

~~Rhea~~ said...

Thank you so much Victoria! God bless you! :D

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