Of Flavours & Tastes…
|Puttu-the real cylindrical version|
This time I have opted to keep away from translating the title,obviously it is far above translation to me.Being a Keralite,like you being whatever you are, respected reader,I feel there will be or there has to be a certain element that make you distinct,that gives you a point to differ, to make you what you are.Puttu is such a personal pride of every Malayalee in terms of food.I think that’s quite a long answer to give.Isn’t it ?
Puttu is the super duper breakfast of Kerala served mostly either with spicy Kadala curry (chickpeas) or cherupayar-pappadam (Green Gram-Kerala style waffers).Puttu and pazham (banana) is one easy,habitual and very native combination though.And then for dinner you may find the very same puttu along with a spicy beef varattiyathu or mutton masala,a rather exotic affair !!
As rice is the staple food of Kerala,you won’t find any surprise in the fact that most of the breakfasts in Kerala is made of rice.Puttu is prepared with roasted,coarsely ground rice flour and freshly grated coconut.Traditionally made in what is called as puttukutty, made of bamboo stems/mula (മുളക്കുറ്റി) ,puttu can be prepared either with matta rice flour (the unpolished one with husks) or white rice flour (polished one which i used here as we call പച്ചരി).
Though I can often recollect and even experience within me, the nostalgic pure smell of hot steamed puttu just dropped out of mulakkutty (bamboo ones),in practical we have shifted easily to smaller steel versions of puttu maker.The one I have made here is not the traditional cylindrical shaped one.This is the small one I carry with me wherever I go.Since its handy and can be used with any pressure cooker you have,this is a pefect companion to posses .For the ones who wish to make puttu and are without puttukutty,you can steam it in your teacups or small bowls.And if you are not bothered about shape,just steam it in a plate mixing the coconut and wet rice flour..
(This is the puttu maker I used.This can be placed above any cooker dropping the weight.)