Go Back
+ servings
Pichi-pichi recipe
Print Recipe
4.65 from 17 votes

Pichi Pichi Recipe

Try this easy recipe for Pichi Pichi, a Filipino delicacy made from cassava, sugar, and water. Steamed and coated in grated coconut or topped with cheese.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: how to make pichi-pichi, pichi-pichi, pichi-pichi recipe
Servings: 24
Calories: 85kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 2 cups grated cassava - no need to squeeze out liquids
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda solution - (SEE NOTE 2) or 1 tsp lye water


  • 1 cup coconut - grated
  • 1 cup grated cheese - optional


  • In a deep bowl, combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly.
  • Fill individual cup molds about three-quarter full or a bit more but leave some space because it can rise a bit while steaming.
  • Arrange the filled molds in a steamer and steam for about 20-30 minutes or until they become translucent.
  • Let them cool down completely so it is easier to remove from the molds, or place them in the fridge to shorten the cooling time.
  • Roll each Pichi Pichi in grated coconut or grated cheese.



NOTE 1: If using fresh (not frozen) cassava, place grated cassava in a cheesecloth and squeeze out the liquids. Use 2 cups of water instead of 1 3/4 in the recipe above.
NOTE 2: To make the baking soda solution: 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 cup of water then boil the mixture for 5 minutes. 
NOTE 3: You may also add some flavoring by adding drops of buko-pandan or ube extract. If you opt to have it all natural, boil some pandan leaves in water and substitute that with the water in the recipe.


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg