Puttu is a breakfast dish highly popular in Kerala as well as in parts of Sri Lanka.  It is a steamed dish, made of steamed cylinders of ground rice layered with coconut.


  1. Puttu flour ( slightly roasted rice flour) – 2 cups
  2. Grated coconut- 1/2 coconut /as needed
  3. Salt – to taste
  4. Water – appoximately 1 cup


You need a mould called Puttu maker ( puttu kutty + pot ) to make Puttu.

  1. Take 2 cups of puttu flour ( rice flour) in a bowl, add a little salt, mix well.
  2. Add water little at the time and mix well with your fingertips. There should be no lumps.     (How to know the right consistency – When you take a handful of flour and press it between your fist, it should hold its shape, crumble that and mix with the flour).
  1. Fill half of the puttu pot with water. ( now puttu mold is available that can fit on the gas outlet of a pressure cooker – if you are using that boil water in the pressure cooker with its lid on )

How to fill the puttu kutty/puttu maker

  1. Puttu kutty has a perforated steel plate inside, at its base, to let the steam in. Layer the puttu kutty  first with a little grated coconut on the steel plate at the base, then add 2 fistful of puttu flour. Then again add grated coconut followed by puttu flour. Repeat the same process until the mould/puttu kutty is full ending it with grated coconut. Keep the perforated lid to cover the puttu kutty.
  2. Once the water start boiling in the pot, keep your puttu kutty filled with flour on the top of the pot. After a few minutes you will see steam escaping from the holes on the lid of the puttu kutty , reduce the flame and cook for another 5-6 minutes.
  3. When you get a nice flavor of steamed puttu, switch off, remove the puttu kutty from the pot, open it and gently push the puttu using a wooden ladle.
  4. Serve hot with mutton curry/ kadala curry / peas curry or with small banana or with pappadam and sugar.

If you do not have a puttu maker, you may make puttu in this way too. Pictures are given below .

Make the rice mixture ready according to  the  2nd step, then mix the  grated coconut also with the mixture, take this mixture in a thin wet cloth and keep it in a steamer. Once steam came out well with a good smell of puttu ( 10-15 minutes) take the cloth bundle out of the steamer, sprinkle enough cold water on the cloth, so that puttu will not stick to the cloth while emptying.




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