Puttu is a South Indian and Sri Lankan breakfast dish of steamed cylinders of ground rice/wheat layered with coconut. It is highly popular in the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as in many areas of Sri Lanka, where it is also known as pittu. Puttu is served with side dishes such as chickpea curry or banana. Rice Puttu is widely popular, but wheat puttu is not as familiar as rice put. Given below is the easy way to make wheat puttu which is soft, fluffy and delicious.
- Add some salt to the wheat flour taken in a bowl, sprinkle some water and mix it well. The moisture content of the mixture should be just enough to make the powder wet. No need to break all the lumps formed in this process, because the next step will take care of it.
- In a blender, add this mixture and just grind it very briefly. Too much time in the blender will make the dough more sticky and you have to add more flour to make it right.
- Boil water the in Puttu pot (the bottom part of the puttu maker or puttu kutti) and fill the puttu kutti (the cylindrical part of the puttu maker) with the wet flour ground in the blender. Note: Don't forget to place the filter at the bottom of the puttu-kutti
- Cook it till the steam come through the puttu on top of the puttu maker.
- Take the cooked puttu and put it in the blender and grind it again adding a bit more of water.
- The dough in the second pass grinding is what we use for the final soft puttu. Puttu is made in layers of Cocunut and Puttu powder. 1st layer - 1 or 2 tbsp of grated coconut; 2nd layer - The puttu powder till the middle of the kutti; 3rd layer - Another 1 or 2 tbsp grated coconut; 4th layer - Puttu powder till the top of the kutti; 5th layer - A slight layer of grated coconut. Note: Do not stuff the puttu powder too tight.
- As soon as the steam comes out from the top of the puttu, take out the puttu kutti (mould) from the pot (kudam). Hold the puttu kutti (mould) parallel to the serving plate and using the handle of long ladle gently push the bottom disc such that the puttu slides onto the plate.
- Serve Hot
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