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Puttu !! (പുട്ട്)

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..

Ingredients (for making almost three of what i show here)
  • 1 cup roasted rice flour (coarse flour)
  • 1/4 cup water (approx)
  • 4 tbsp grated coconut 
  • salt 1/4 tsp or to your taste


There is no perfect method of making a perfect puttu,to share you.It depends completely on the rice flour you are using and how you are going to wet it.The mixing of rice -water-salt procedure defines it all.Even if it’s simple,you get it with practice I think.So consider this just as a ‘direction’ in a way.
  • Take the roasted flour (roast in a pan lightly) into a mixing bowl and add salt.
  • Sprinkle some water first and mix with your hand (or spoon) to get better result.Wet the flour only to hold.And when you drop it,it should not be in shape.Slowly add more water and mix.The mixture should be dry.Make it almost like crumbs.
  • Heat water in a cooker/a puttu maker/steamer.In the utensil you are going to make puttu,put the grated coconut first and then the rice mixture,again grated coconut.Place it over the steamer and steam for 4-5 mts or till the steam comes out.
  • Slowly shift it to a casserole and continue the process.
  • Serve hot with Chick Peas curry/beef curry/mutton,chicken masala/moong dal and pappadam/pazham according to your taste and availability.

(This is the puttu maker I used.This can be placed above any cooker dropping the weight.)


4 comments on “Puttu !! (പുട്ട്)

  1. kaarasaaram.com
    February 16, 2011

    Wooooowwwwwww… that is lovely .. I long to have puttu and I don't have the traditional puttu maker. Will make sure that I get one this time when I go to India… U have made it to perfection…


  2. Suja Sugathan
    February 16, 2011

    Perfect and yummy breakfast..
    First time here,you have a wonderful blog,great work dear,keep going ..really happy to follow you..


  3. Malar Gandhi
    February 17, 2011

    Love it, very ethnic, very earthly…perfect to the core:)


  4. Mélange
    February 19, 2011

    Reva,as i wrote you don't need a puttu maker to enjoy.Steam in a tea cup.At least till you buy one.

    Thanks Suja,for visiting and for your feedback.It does matter here.Thanks again for following.

    Thanks Malar,for your kind words.


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