how to make Kerala puttu/puttu recipe

Puttu, south indian dish.

Before we get to learn How to make Kerala Puttu/Puttu recipe, let’s get to know what is puttu.

What is Puttu?

  • Puttu is one of the most popular south Indian breakfast which is most famous in Kerala.
  • Basically, Puttu is steam rice flour and coconut log.
  • The combination of soft Puttu and Kadala curry is really delicious. You should try it to experience a wonderful combination.
  • Traditionally Puttu is made in Bamboo logs and Coconut Shells which gives a lovely aroma.
  • Puttu is a heavy breakfast it will keep you full for a long time.
  • Puttu is made using Puttu Kudam. It is a Puttu maker or puttu vessel. If you don’t have one you can use idli cooker or coconut shell which is easily found in the house.
  • Serve Puttu with kadala curry or vegetable stew or you can simply consume puttu sprinkled with sugar and banana.
  • To make Puttu you can use puttu podi which is available in supermarkets or you can simply use the rice flour and roast it slightly till you see steam coming from it.
Puttu, south indian dish.
Puttu with Kadala curry

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  • Puttu Flour ( Puttu Podi) – 1 cup
  • Water – necessary as required
  • Salt according to the taste
  • Freshly grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • water for steaming

HOW TO MAKE KERALA PUTTU/PUTTU RECIPE with step by step process:

  • Take a mixing bowl or a pan, and add puttu podi.
  • Add salt as necessary according to the taste.
  • Sprinkle 1/3 cup of water. water required will depend on the quality of the rice flour and add accordingly.
  • Mix the puttu flour using your fingertips.
  • The softness of the puttu depends on the ratios of water and puttu flour used.
  • To check the texture of puttu flour simply press a small portion of flour between your palms, it should form a lump and when you press it more it should break and crumble.
  • Now break all the tiny lumps in the flour using your fingers, you can also grind it in a grinder.
  • Pour to 2 cups of water in a bottom vessel of puttu kudam and keep it on a medium flame and let it get heated up.
Puttu Maker stainless steel

Steaming Puttu

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  • Now take the cylindrical vessel and place a perforated disc inside and add 2 to 3 spoons of freshly grated coconut and spread it evenly.
  • Gently add puttu flour till half of the cylindrical vessel.
  • Again add a layer of 2 to 3 spoons freshly grated coconut spread it evenly.
  • Again add a puttu flour.
  • Add 2 to 3 spoons of freshly grated coconut on the top portion and spread it evenly and cover it with the top lid.
  • Place the cylindrical vessel on top of the base vessel in which water is heated.
  • Steam the Puttu on a medium flame.
  • Switch off the flame once you see the steam coming from the top vents of the cylindrical vessel.
  • Remove the cylindrical vessel and let it cool down for a few mins.
  • Now using a wooden stick that accompanied with puttu kudam remove the steamed puttu.
  • Serve hot puttu with kadala curry or vegetable stew.

Nutrition Facts:

Fat 8g/saturated fat 5g/sodium 400 mg/potassium 129 mg/ carbohydrates 65 g/ fiber 4g/ sugar 1 g/ protein 5g/ vitamin B1 1 mg/ Vitamin B2 1 mg/ Vitamin B3 2 mg/ Vitamin B6 1mg/ Vitamin C 1mg/ Vitamin E 1 mg/ Calcium 16 mg/ Vitamin B9 8 mg/ iron 1 mg/ magnesium 37 mg/ phosphorus 100 mg/ zinc 1 mg. Total Over all Calories 356.

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