A Not-So-Sinful-Dessert Called Pichi Pichi

Try this simple, easy- to- make, yummy, and most of all, not-so-sinful dessert. It is made from cassava (another name for cassava is yuca, or tapioca). Cassava roots are very rich in starch, and contain significant amounts of calcium, phosporous, and vitamin C.

Pichi pichi is a dessert, a steamed cake made out of grated fresh cassava, sugar, water, and grated coconut for coating. You can also use loads of grated cheese in place of grated coconut, and also a combination of roasted sesame seeds and roasted grated coconut.

There is also an available bags of frozen cassava in the market.


Peeled fresh cassava submerged in water
Peeled fresh cassava submerged in water
a bag of frozen grated cassava
a bag of frozen grated cassava
Pichi pichi topped with loads of cheese
Pichi pichi topped with loads of cheese

Pichi Pichi Recipe


2 c grated cassava

2 c sugar

2 c water

grated coconut

optional: food coloring


*Squeeze the liquid out of theĀ  grated fresh cassava. Throw out the liquid.

*Combine together the cassava, sugar, and water, and place the mixture in a 9x9inch baking pan and steam for about 40 minutes.

*It is done when the mixture becomes gel-clear and sticky. Slightly cool. Scoop about a tablespoonful, and either:

*roll in fresh grated coconut,

*or top with loads of cheese,

*or roll in in a mixture of roasted sesame seeds and roasted grated coconut.


Roasted Grated Coconut

Place a cup of fresh grated coconut in a blender. Add a cup of water.Blend it for 5-6seconds. Squeeze the liquid using a clean cloth. Roast the coconut in a skillet until golden brown.


Pichi pichi can last for several days if you store it in the ref minus the coatings or the toppings. Just add them when ready to serve.




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IslandVoice 6 years ago from Hawaii

Soon i will be having some, when we visit Manila for the holidays! I'm really not so good in the kitchen, but my daughter can probably cook this, since it's not sold here in the Big Island. I just love yum yum hubs!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

This sounds delectable! I love desserts and why not make it healthy with real ingredients. Thanks for this information!


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Alta5656 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines Author

It is really yummy. My girlfriend's mother used to make this for me when I visit their house. I didn't know there's a dessert like this. She showed me how to do it. Simple and yet tastes goodah. Thank you for the kind comments.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hi there! nice hub, it is nice menu, might try it one time, continue writing about our foods and culture...gutom na ako(I am hungry)!


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Alta5656 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines Author

Thanks, pretty one. Kain ka na, hehehe.


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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

Pichi pichi is one of my favorites. I would love to try to cook them myself when I have the time, especially the one with cheese topping. Di pa ako nakatikim niyon. Thanks for the recipe.


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Alta5656 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines Author

Try mo kasi it's so easy talaga. Thanks for dropping by, ms chin.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Never heard of this. Thanks for sharing!


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Alta5656 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines Author

Hello habee. Thanks for dropping by. Pichi pichi is a popular Filipino delicacy.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Perfect- I will save it and try it. I live in NYC where everyone on earth lives and I can get these fresh ingredients.

I do like a sweet treat but why not make it as healthy as possible. Coconut, cassava - and I'll roll it in sesame seeds. I like the fact that it is steamed too.

Thanks a bunch - I'm bookmarking - rated up!


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego

Looks good, with all that cheese in there, now I'm craving for it. I love pichi :)


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Alta5656 3 years ago from Davao City, Philippines Author

So do I, ms precy, so do I.. Hope you can have them sooner.

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