Wishing You All A Very Happy And Propserous New Year.
Today I am presenting a healthier and colourful version of puttu
, a traditional breakfast of kerala
. Every malayali
, living in any part of the world will not forget this wonderful tasty breakfast. Besides all,if you are a rice lover, you would love this dish. You can find nice puttu
making recipes from these malayalee bloggers
. I love puttu
(chickpeas) curry . Here I am making puttu
in a different style. I found this recipe in a magazine from the great cook Ummi Abdulla
. She is one of my favourites.
The recipe for puttu
is very easy if you have puttu
makers pictured below. You can find the recipe for puttu
from scratch without a puttu
.The next thing you need is good roasted rice flour. I know that all brands 0f rice flour available from Indian
stores in US are not very good. I have read somewhere that Swad
brand is better. I have not tried it. These flours have to be roasted for a while. Special puttu
flours are also available from Indian stores. Here I am using homemade puttu
flour. You can use brown rice four if you prefer a more healthier version.
Next you need shredded coconut. An essential ingredient in puttu
. I thank Ashwini
by selecting this nice ingredient for JFI
of this month. It is a commonly used ingredient in indian
kitchen. Try puttu
with crunchy veggies and spicy masala
Puttu flour - 2 cup
Carrot - 1(medium sized)
Beans - 50 gm
Grean peas - 1/4 cup
Chilli powder - 1 pinch
salt - to taste
Coconut Shredded - 1 cup (fresh or frozen)
Red onion - 2 medium (finely chopped)
Kashmiri chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (I used it for color,You can use any other brand)
Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
Garlic - 2 cloves
Curry leaves - 2 or 3(Optional)
Oil - 2tsp
salt - to taste
Grate carrots using a grater. Cut beans into small pieces. Cook beans, carrot and green peas with chilli powder, salt and very little water. Don't overcook, the color will fade.
Add the vegetables and salt to the puttu flour and mix well. Wet the flour by adding water little by little. Add just enough water to keep it in the powdered form wet enough for steaming as shown in the figure. Keep the flour for 1/2 an hour to blend the ingredients. If you add more water, the flour should change to dough.
Grind coconut with chillipowder
, garlic, fennel seeds, curry leaves and salt in a mixer without adding water. Don't grind too much. Just allow the ingredients to mix up. Heat oil in a pan and add finely chopped onion
. Add the grounded mix when the onion becomes translucent and mix well.
See the puttu makers in the figure below. I used the cylindrical shaped one for making this dish. It has a large hole at the bottom which easily goes into the pressure cooker vent. Place the mesh like disc at the bottom of the cylinder to keep the flour in place. Just mix the puttu flour again with the hand. Put 2 tablespoon of coconut masala in the cylinder and put almost 1/3 cup wet puttu flour and repeat it till you reach the top of the cylinder and close the lid.
Boil some water in the cooker without placing the weight. Wait for steam to come out of the vent tube. Place the cylinder on the vent tube of cooker and steam it 3 to 5 minutes. Once steam comes out from the top of the cylinder, cook for two more minutes. Again cooking time depends on the kind of equipments one use, hence it may vary.
Take the puttu out slowly by inserting and pushing it out with a stick from the bottom of cylinder.
Serve it hot with vegetable kurma
or chicken kurma
. Happy Cooking!!!