Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Puttu (steamed rice cakes)

Puttu is a traditional breakfast dish popular in the state of Kerala in India. This is a nutritious and healthy dish eaten with banana or kadala curry. Puttu can be made of rice flour, wheat flour or even with fine rawa. To make this dish, we need either a traditional puttu maker or a regular idly plate to steam cook.

Ingredients - Serves 4
  • Puttu flour - 2 cups (I used readymade puttu flour)
  • Water to mix
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup


  • Add water little by little to the puttu flour
  • Carefully add water to ensure the flour is in powder form and wet enough to steam. DO NOT make it into a dough  
  • If you are using the puttu maker, fill the bottom pot with water for steaming

  • Add handful of coconut into the puttu maker and fill puttu flour upto half of the puttu maker, again add handful of coconut and fill the remaining space with puttu flour and finish with little coconut on the top

  • Close the lid and steam for 5 minutes
  • You can fill jaggery along with coconut for sweet puttu
  • Serve hot with kadala curry

Tip - If you want to prepare the puttu flour at home, follow these steps:
  • Soak raw rice for 1 1/2 hours and stain it

  • Spread it over a cloth and allow the rice to dry completely

  • Grind the dried rice into a powder in the mixer

  • Add salt and little water to wet the flour for steaming

  • Tip - If you want to use idly plate, fill the plate with coconut and puttu flour, steam for 5 minutes

    Nutritional Information
    • Rice flour is high in carbohydrates
    • Red rice flour is healthier, rich in fibre and lowers cholesterol
    • 4 servings = 820 calories approximately

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