Rice Puttu

20 Apr

Rice Puttu.

Puttu is a steamed rice cake from Kerala. Here, rice flour is used to make puttu. Traditionally, rice is soaked, dried in open air and then ground into fine powder. The powder is then made wet with water and filled in the puttu kutti (puttu maker). It is then steamed for the rice puttu. Alternatively, steam the rice flour in the regular idly moulds.
Makes: around a serving of Rice Puttu.


Rice Flour 1 Cup
Water 3/4 Cup app.
Shredded Coconut 3 tbsps
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Dissolve around quarter tsp of salt into 3/4th cup of water.
Sprinkle water little by little into the rice flour and turn the rice flour into wet powder.
Divide the wet rice flour mixture into 3 portions.

Fill half of the bottom vessel of the puttu maker with water.
Take the cylindrical portion of the puttu maker.
Slide the perforated disk into the bottom part of the cylinder.
First add a tbsp of the shredded coconut to the cylinder.
Then layer it with one third of the rice flour mixture.

Add another tbsp of the shredded coconut on top of the rice flour mixture.
Repeat the layers two more times starting with the rice flour mixture.
Tap the cylindrical portion of the puttu maker couple of times if necessary.
Place the top portion of the puttu maker on the bottom vessel and cover with a perforated lid.

Place the puttu maker on medium high heat and steam for around 8 minutes.
Remove the cylindrical portion and push the perforated disk to slide the puttu onto the plate.

Alternatively, fill the idly mould with shredded coconut and then the rice flour mixture.
Steam the filled idly tray for 6 – 8 minutes.
If possible choose idly moulds that have perforations in them for better steaming.

Serve rice puttu with a gravy curry like kadala curry.
Notes: Make sure not to make the rice flour into dough by adding more water.

Suggestions: Don’t press the rice flour into the cylinder, in which case the steam doesn’t come from the top of the vessel but rather escapes from the bottom of the top part.
Variations: You can also mix the shredded coconut into the rice flour, which yields a rather loose puttu.
Other Names: Rice Puttu, Rice Flour Puttu, Puttu.


13 Responses to “Rice Puttu”

  1. Malathi A April 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Puttu with Banana and coconut will also taste good 🙂

    If you could share Kadala Curry it would be great !

  2. Hari Chandana April 21, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    Lovely and deliaious Puttu.. I smell the aroma here.. Nice recipe…
    missed a couple of posts looks like.. was out of blogging !.. slowly getting back into the routine !!

  3. sanjyot mathure April 21, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    where do we get puttu maker in mumbai?
    do we require any typical type of rice for this dish?

  4. Apu April 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    This looks so yummy!! I got myself a brand new puttu steamer this year. Can’t waith to try it out.

  5. Raji April 22, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    @Malathi A i will try to post kadala curry asap
    @Hari Chandana oh dear. welcome back. thanks for smelling the aroma. your bell pepper halwa haunts me to this day fyi 🙂
    @sanjyot mathura you could find them in steel kitchen appliances or smt. sorry. Sona masoori will do fine. store bough rice flour works just fine though i find no huge difference in making one at home.
    @Apu thats great. give it a try and let us know.

  6. MEENA WANI April 22, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

    thanks, for giving wonderful receipe. in mumbai this vessel will get in kerala or malayali stores. not in any other stores. Raji, can we prepare from other floor also ? for ex. ragi, bajra or jwari floor . but this dish will go with what ? because this dish is dry dish what else we have to cook.

  7. Raji April 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    thanks for clarifying about the stores
    you certainly can prepare with those flours. All you need to look for in a flour is gluten which helps in binding.

  8. MEENA WANI April 23, 2010 at 12:09 am #


  9. Manjuraja April 23, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    Puttu tastes better if we eat with sugar&banana.you can add cardamum powder little bit Yammy taste

  10. Hari Chandana April 23, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Oh.. Thank you so much.. Meeku nachhinanduku chala santhoshamga vundi.. 🙂

  11. swarn April 30, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    how to make roti or paratha so soft kindly advised

  12. rabeka begum July 26, 2010 at 3:47 am #

    instead of puttu maker we can use dry coconut shell to steam puttu. To do this take one drried coconut shell(coconut used)and put one hole under it like it should fix to the pressure cooker’s nozzle(don’t put whistle instead in that palce put coconut shell)and fill the shell with coconut,rice flour same like in the procedure last cover it with a small lid .It will work as puttu maker.But don’t forget to fill enough water in the pressure cooker to steam the puttu.


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