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Saturday, January 30, 2016

PUTTU (RICE STEAMED CAKE)




Puttu (Rice Steamed Cake) is a traditional breakfast recipe in Kerala. In Kerala puttu and black chickpeas (kadala) curry is the best known combination for breakfast. This is the best breakfast choice as well as a healthy choice because of the way it is prepared. The only way to prepare puttu is by steaming, which is the absolute healthy way of preparation. 
Traditionally puttu is made by using rice flour and grated coconut. At the same time we can use wheat flour, rava, corn and ragi flour to make puttu. In order to make the puttu at its best, make sure the rice flour is well roasted before starting the preparation.

There are so many varieties of puttu that are being made these days, some of them are chicken puttu, jack fruit layered puttu, keema (minced mutton/beef) puttu etc.


NOTE: All the above mentioned types of puttu will be prepared and posted soon.            

Usually puttu is made by using puttu maker. But we can also make puttu using idly molds, coconut shell and in a pressure cooker (without the whistle/pressure control weight on the top of the pressure cooker).
As I mentioned before the best combination is puttu and Kadala curry, but we can also eat it with ripe banana, egg masala/ papad.
Let's get started on how to make puttu recipe.


HOW TO MAKE RICE FLOUR FOR PUTTU AT HOME

  • Wash the rice (raw long grain rice/ idly rice) thoroughly.
  • Soak rice for about 2 hours
  • Drain the water and dry the rice by spreading it on a clean dry cloth for few hour until the rice is dry.
  • Grind the dried rice to a coarse powder. Sift the flour.
  • Heat the flour in a pan without any oil till the flour is roasted well and reaches a sandy consistency.
NOTE: I am using puttu (rice) flour that I bought from the store. You can skip this step if you have ready made roasted rice flour from the store.


METHOD OF PREPARATION IN STEPS

1. In a large bowl, take the rice flour and salt as needed. Sprinkle some warm water little at a time on the flour. Mix the flour thoroughly with your finger tips. We need a moist crumby consistency and not form a dough.


2. To know the right consistency of puttu flour, take a handful of puttu flour and press it between your fist , it should hold its shape but easily crumble when you press it harder with your fingers.

You need puttu maker to make puttu. If you don't have one, you can make puttu in the idly maker by pouring the puttu flour onto the idly molds.
3. Add 2-3 cups of water to the bottom vessel of the puttu maker and allow over a allow flame till hot. Since I don't have puttu maker bottom vessel I am using pressure cooker as the bottom vessel without its whistle/ pressure control regulator weight. 
Spoon in 2 tsp of grated coconut to the bottom of the puttu maker mold. Then add in the puttu flour until half way and add another layer of grated coconut. Again layered with puttu flour and finish off with one layer of grated coconut on the top.

4. Place the mold over the bottom vessel. If you are using the pressure cooker as the bottom vessel, place the mold on the top where the whistle was supposed to be and make sure that the puttu mold has been placed correctly onto the hole on the top of the pressure cooker.Steam for about 10-15 minutes until you see the steam rising from the holes on the mold lid.
5. Unmold the puttu by pressing the bottom end of the mold gently using the stem of the spatula or thin long metal rod. 

SERVE HOT WITH BLACK CHICKPEAS CURRY OR RIPE BANANA/ PAPAD
ENJOY!!!

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