Puttu Kadala combination is a favourite to almost all Malayalees. It is a form of rice cake made with roasted raw rice powder and grated coconut. It is mostly accompanied with Kadala curry. You can also have cherupayar curry (whole moong dal) with this. It is also a good accompaniment. It is not that you can make this recipe only in this way. There are various variations for Puttu which I have seen my mother making for my daughter. Some are carrot puttu, nendrapazha puttu, vella puttu, masala puttu and so on. I will post all these very soon. Today I will give you the traditional way of making puttu.
Puttu is made in a traditional vessel called as Puttu Kutti. But I have made a puttu called as Cherratta Puttu. It is made in a special mould for that. It is easily available in the market. You can fill the puttu powder in that and directly you can place it in a pressure cooker and steam cook it. The key to soft puttu lies in the moisture content of the rice flour. You should not add too less or too much of water. For 2 cups of rice flour, add almost 2/3 cup of water. That will work.
roasted rice flour(raw rice) – 2 cups
grated coconut – 1 cup
water (to sprinkle)
salt to taste
1. In a bowl, add the rice flour and salt. Mix nicely
2. Sprinkle water slowly(around 2 tbsp at a time). Then slowly mix it. Repeat this until you get a bread crumb consistency.
3. Leave it closed for some time. (around 30 min). After 30 min if you find that the mixture has become little dry, then again soften it by sprinkling little water and mixing it.
4. Grease the mould. Spread little grated coconut on the bottom of the mould. The spread the mixture on top of that. At the top again sprinkle some more coconut. Close the mould.
5. Add around 3 cups of water to the pressure cooker (without whistle) and allow it to boil. Once the steam starts coming out, then put the mould on top of that and steam cook for 5 min
1. A tsp of cumin seeds and little bit of ghee can also be added.
2. If you are using the rice flour brought from store, then roast it slightly.
3. The rice flour can be easily prepared at home. Soak rice for 1-2 hrs. Then drain it and spread it on a paper or a cloth and allow it to dry for some time. Then grind it and roast it for some time.
4. You can buy Puttu podi from stores. In that case you don’t have to dry roast it. It can be directly made use of.
5. Serve it with Kadala Curry
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