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Mani Puttu !! (Steamed rice balls in sweetened coconut milk)

This was another evening fascination for me and my brother during school days.Looking into our bowls of cute rice balls floating in coconut milk,we will first count how many balls we earned. Ha-ha..looking back I feel so ashamed that depending on the increase/decrease of the number there will be the inevitable fight waiting.Now when I make these for my daughter,there is none to fight for though.Sometimes food and the memories they bring along make our eyes wet..

Here is the recipe of sweet and cute Mani puttu all the way from Kerala..


1 cup roasted rice flour
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp oil
3-4 tbsp grated coconut
1 cup thick coconut milk


  • Bring the water to a boil adding the salt and oil.
  • When it boils reduce the flame and add rice flour little by little.Mix well with a spoon and switch off the stove.
  • Let it cool till you can knead with hand.Knead well and make small balls out of it.(the size of a small lemon)
  • Now in a puttu maker/steamer first drop the grated coconut and then fill the balls.Drop the remaining coconut over the balls and steam in medium heat for 5-7 minutes .
  • Now pour the coconut milk in a bowl and mix in sugar.Drop the mani puttu /rice balls into this and keep for half an hour.Serve manipputtu with coconut milk in small bowls/cups.
Sending the pretty Mani puttu to Celebrate Sweets-Sweets with Rice  event guest hosted by Priya of Priya’s Easy N’ Tasty Recipes,event by Nivedita
and CBB-Evening Tiffin event hosted by Radhika.


8 comments on “Mani Puttu !! (Steamed rice balls in sweetened coconut milk)

  1. aipi
    April 24, 2011

    Aww- I love when food evokes such lovely memories- I share a lot of feelings similar to yours :)Thanks for the trip down memory lane with a wonderful recipe!
    US Masala


  2. Vidhya
    April 25, 2011

    Though I am also from Kerala, I have never got a chance to taste this. Sure looks yummy and I sure am going to try this soon.


  3. Nandini
    April 25, 2011

    Healthy n tasty rice balls! I need a spoon to gobble all:)


  4. Suja
    April 25, 2011

    Brings nostalgic memories..looks so delicious.
    There are some awards waiting for you in my blog..pls collect dear


  5. Hema Mahen
    April 25, 2011

    First time here..puttu looks yummmy and tempting.
    Glad to follow you.



  6. Swathi
    April 25, 2011

    maniputtu looks awesome dleicious.


  7. Priya
    April 26, 2011

    Maniputtu looks damn pretty and irresistible..yumm!thanks for sending dear..


  8. Krithi's Kitchen
    May 17, 2011

    Simply ecstatic.. oh how we used to munch all those evening snacks… home made food is always good!


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