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Kerala Puttu
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Kerala Puttu

Puttu is also popular in many parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala border sides of Karnataka and in Srilanka. Many variations can be made to the puttu recipe .We can use layers of meat and stuff with Puttu.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Kerala
Servings: 2
Author: sharmila kingsly

Standard 1 cup measures 240 ml


  • Rice Flour – 1 cup
  • Water as needed
  • Salt a pinch
  • Grated coconut – ¼ cup
  • Cardamom Powder – ½ tsp


  • In a bowl add in Rice flour to this add in Salt and mix well. Now add Water little by little and then start kneading the Rice flour. The consistency should be in such a way that if you hold the dough together it should maintain its shape.
  • Next take the puttu vessel and fill the first layer with coconut and then Rice flour. Fill with alternate layers of coconut and Rice flour or as desired.
  • Once it is filled. Add Water to the base of the puttu vessel and allow it to boil. Then add in the top part of the puttu vessel, close the lid and cook for 10-12 mins. When the stream starts coming through the lid simmer it for 2 mins and the switch off the flame. After 5 mins remove the top part and invert it, push through the back side of the lid such that the cooked Puttu comes out. Serve hot with banana and Sugar.


  •    If you don’t have a puttu maker, you can also use the crumbled flour directly and steam cook in an idli cooker. Otherwise try getting a Chiratta Puttu Maker, It is easily available online.
  •    Puttu can be served with Coconut, Banana and Sugar .In Kerala It is usually served with Kadala Curry.
  •  Perfect for a filling breakfast.
  •  You can also make kolukattai (Dumplings) out of the puttu flour and steam cook. My mom usually does this way as it will be really easy if we are running out of time.
Keyword Kerala Puttu, Steamed Rice Cake
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