How to make Puttu/Steamed rice cake

Puttu is a very healthy breakfast that is easy to make with simple ingredients. It is very versatile, because you can eat puttu in many ways. Both of my daughters like to eat puttu with mango. If you have never tried it, you must! It tastes totally awesome. Another option for a fruit to eat with puttu is banana. You just mash a banana and mix it in. One of my daughters likes it even sweeter, and she’ll eat puttu plain, drizzled with honey. For those who enjoy a savory flavor, it’s common to eat puttu with cherupayar (green gram) and appalam, or with kadala curry (Channa curry).

I make my puttu flour at home, but if you’re interested in buying yours from an Indian grocery store, there are usually many different brands to choose from. The homemade flour I use, makes the softest puttu – try it for yourself. I will include a link in the ingredients below to my homemade puttu flour recipe.

In the market, there are different kinds of puttu makers to choose from. I have four different kinds, including a bamboo puttu maker.

The above one is my favorite puttu kudam in India, it is more than 50 years old. Nowadays I couldn’t find this kind of puttu kudam in the market. Typically, puttu is made in a cylindrical shape, but there’s also this coconut shell shape (as seen below) available. In this post, I will be using the coconut shell shape puttu maker.

I will be posting the videos of both shapes of puttu.


How to make

  • Take the puttu flour in a wide vessel
  • Add water little by little and mix it until the flour gets the right consistency (in the right consistency, you should able to make a ball of flour in your hand and break it back into flour easily)
  • Add 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker and keep it in high heat on the stove top
  • Close the lid and wait for the steams
  • While waiting, let us fill the flour in the puttu maker
  • Take the coconut shell puttu maker and place the round plate with holes at the bottom.
  • Add a little amount of grated coconut in the bottom and add a handful of flour over that
  • Then add another small layer of grated coconut on the top and close with lid
  • Once the steam starts coming from the cooker, place the filled puttu maker on top of the cooker
  • After 2 to 3 minutes you will notice the steam coming out of the filled puttu maker
  • Wait for another minute and now the puttu should be ready
  • Take it from the cooker top and flip it in a plate
  • The tasty puttu is ready to serve
  • You can eat it with multiple side dishes
  • Below are some popular side dishes
    • Cooked green gram and papadam
    • Chana curry
    • Chicken curry/fry
    • Banana, honey, sugar, etc.

Eat Puttu With Different Combination


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