Puttu is a South Indian and Sri Lankan breakfast dish of steamed cylinders of ground rice layered with coconut. It is highly popular in the Indian states of Kerala and few areas in Tamil Nadu as well as in areas of Sri Lanka, where it is also known as pittu. Puttu is served with side dishes such as chickpea curry or banana.
Ingredients for Puttu Recipe
- Rice powder – 250 grams
- Salt water – as required to wet the rice powder
- Puttu maker – 1
- Grated coconut – ½ of a coconut
Procedure for preparing Puttu Recipe
Roast the rice powder in a thick bottomed pan/kadhai (but do not let its colour change) for a few minutes.
Keep aside and let it cool. Now take salt dissolved water and add the salt water in small amounts to the rice flour and mix .
You have to be careful not to mix too much of salt water as we do not need to make a dough we just need to wet the rice flour enough to steam it while keeping it in a powdered state.
Once the rice flour is wet enough, take the cylindrical puttu maker and put some grated coconut in it then put some prepared rice flour till it is almost half full then again put some grated coconut and then finally again some rice flour topped with some grated coconut.
Keep water in the bottom vessel of the puttu maker and let it boil , now keep this cylinder on top of it with it’s lid and allow it to steam for 10-15 minutes. You will understand that it is done once the steam comes out of the puttu maker.
Note : If you are using coconut shell shaped puttu maker then you just have to put some grated coconut first then fill with rice flour and top it up with some more grated coconut. The picture shown here is of coconut shell shaped puttu.
Serve hot with kadala curry or banana and papadam.