Puttu – Savory steamed rice cake

 “Puttu” is a breakfast dish and is very popular in the southern states of India especially Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is basically steamed rice cake with grated coconut .The thing about puttu is you either love it or don’t like it at all . Luckily, everyone in my family loves it .It  goes well with many curries most popular being kadala(black chana dal), curry, cheruvayar(horse gram )curry , chicken stew , banana or even sugar .I will post the recipe for the curries in upcoming posts. For today’s post I am  posting the recipe of puttu alone.It is also considered a complete power house breakfast. If you have puttu for one meal  , it is so filling that you don’t have to have anything else for the rest of the day .It is also healthy because it is steamed and there is no oil in the preparation ! The Puttu podi or rice flour used in the preparation is available in most Indian grocery stores .Using the store bought puttu powder (rice powder) makes the puttu preparation easier. However the rice powder also can be also made at home by soaking raw rice for 6 to 7 hours in water and then powdering the drained soaked rice in a food processor.I normally use the rice powder from the store.

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Puttu with Cheruvayar

 

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Puttu with Chicken Stew

Puttu making process with pictures –  To make puttu , we need a special cooker or puttu maker . It has two parts to it – one is the bottom vessel which is a steamer where you add water for steaming.The other  is a cylindrical compartment for filling the puttu mixture which sits on top of the steamer with a circular partition and pores for letting steam into it .The rice flour or puttu podi is mixed with warm water and salt  till it is wet enough to come together.The grated coconut and rice flour mixture is added alternately and then placed on the steamer with the lid. Once the steam comes out of the  pores of the top lid for about 3 to 4 minutes ,push the puttu out of the puttu maker using a pushing rod .The puttu rice cake breaks in the place where the coconut was filled as seen in the picture below.The end product is small little rice cakes which can eaten with curry or even with banana or simply adding a little sugar.

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Puttu maker
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Rice powder and shredded coconut ready to go into the Puttu maker
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Steamed Puttus(rice cakes) being pushed out after it is cooked

Puttu- Savory steamed rice cake

  • Servings: 5-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A breakfast dish made with rice powder and grated coconut based on Indian cuisine from Kerala and perfect for breakfast and served with curry or banana .

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Puttu Podi (Rice flour)
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cups luke warm water

Directions

  1. Take Puttu podi or rice powder in a large bowl and add salt to it.
  2. Sprinkle lukewarm water and continue to mix it.
  3. At the end of mixing , the consistency should be like wet sand to build a sand castle at the beach 🙂
  4. Take a Puttu maker and fill water in the the bottom container (steamer) and bring it to a boil.
  5. Fill the top (cylindrical) part of the puttu maker alternately with shredded coconut and  2 tbsp of puttu mixture until it is filled to the  very top.
  6. Close the lid and place it on the steamer.
  7. Wait for about 8 to 10  minutes until steam starts to come out from the openings or pores of the lid.
  8. Lift the top portion of  the puttu maker  out of  the steamer by using the wooden handle and push the puttus (rice cakes) out using the pushing stick (as shown in the picture)  into a container.
  9. Puttus are now ready to be served. It is best eaten with kadala (black chana dal) curry, cheruvayar (horse gram ) curry ,chicken stew , banana or even sugar! Enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

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43 Comments Add yours

  1. Lavs Raj says:

    What a coincidence Nisha.. i just had puttu for breakfast 😀

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    1. InspiresN says:

      That’s awesome! Lavs ..happy to hear that 🙂

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  2. my family too love puttu very much. i like ur puttu maker.

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    1. InspiresN says:

      That’s great Deepa ! Thank you !

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  3. I’ve never seen such a device for cooking rice. Very interesting.
    The dish looks very tasty. 🙂

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    1. InspiresN says:

      It is true very few people know of the puttu and the puttu maker . There are some Sri lankan restaurants in the bay area as well (San Ramon) which used to have them and they were quite a hit. Thank you Ronit!

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  4. flavours2017 says:

    Will definitely give this recipe a try, sounds interesting 😊

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Hope you can give it a try Sangita! It’s really yum!

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  5. Awesome recipe! Love it, it looks so yummy! The pictures are making me want to eat some right now, so tempting! 😀

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Glad you liked them and sending them your way virtually 🙂 Thank you very much Latha!

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  6. Lathiya says:

    My favorite..my favorite combo is with Kadala curry

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Yes dear mine too, I need to update pictures with that combo when I make some !! That’s the ultimate combination !

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  7. Never heard of this,very interesting recipe…Loved the presentation.

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Thank you very much Anshu! Hope you get a chance to try this sometime 🙂

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      1. Ya…I will love to try it and make it aswell

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  8. First time I heard of puttu. Looks great and easy to make.

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Thank you so much ! Yes it is very easy to make as well

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  9. I have never had puttu. It looks delicious teamed with the dal in the photo xx

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Thanks Dippy, I hope you get a chance to try it out sometime , it goes well with any of these curries !

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      1. I shall keep it in mind xx

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  10. Never had it. Will try for sure. Looks tempting 🙂

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Thank you Pooja! hope you get a chance to try it sometime!

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      1. Definitely will try

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  11. joshi daniel says:

    My favorite 😉

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Thank you Joshi! same here 🙂

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  12. great piece to read!! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!!

    btw love your blog! do you use any apps to edit the pics?

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Thank you so much Chërnaja! You are very welcome and appreciate your love;y comments. The pictures in this post was taken on my phone and i used the iphoto on my mac. For some other pics on this blog I sometimes use photoshop

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  13. Megala says:

    Puttu & kadala curry, my all time favorite!
    Looks so beautiful & tempting!!

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Mine as well Megala, the ultimate combination right ? Thank you so much!

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      1. Megala says:

        Yes, it is!

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  14. Sneha Modi says:

    Just 2 months back I learned Puttu rice recipe from a Kerala friend. Just loved it.

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Oh thats lovely Sneha! I am so glad you loved it . We are big puttu lovers at my home 🙂

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  15. Sneha Modi says:

    Hey! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award. You can check it out on my blog – http://wp.me/p8yNxk-1Ki. Congratulations!

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Thank you sp much Sneha, appreciate it !

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  16. Sumith says:

    I can take this any time of the day with any combination of flavours. Beautiful share.

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Thank you very much Sumith , so true right, any combination will work for most of the puttu lovers!

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  17. Christy B says:

    I’ve never made anything like this so it was fascinating to read!

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Thank you Christy for your lovely comment! I can imagine for someone new to this it might seem like really fascinating :). It’s a huge cleanup after the cooking process is complete as well, but very well worth it 🙂

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  18. Fascinating recipe! I am sure it’s yummy, nutricious and filling!

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Thank you Mallika! indeed it is a very fulfilling dish taste and nutrition as well 🙂

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  19. atlasdan says:

    Mission: Find a Puttu maker

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    1. InspiresN says:

      Hope you can find it online 🙂 that’s true the puttu maker is definitely required to make puttus!

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