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Sweet Rice Puttu (a breakfast dish)

March 20, 2013

Sweet Rice Puttu is an interesting rice-based breakfast in the southern Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.    Easy on digestion, the Rice Puttu can also double up as an interesting dessert.


Coursely powdered Rice flour – 2 cups (this is how we get this rice flour :  wash and dry 2 cups of rice in a linen cloth to remove any moisture for about 1-2 hours.  grind this to a coarse flour in blender.  this will be dry rice flour without any moisture,  this stays good even for months without refrigeration but refrigeration prolongs shelf life).  (since this puttu rice flour is readily available in shops here, I got a packet that simplified my work)

coconut – half grated

sugar – 4-5 tsps depending on how sweet you want the dish to be; increase or decrease accordingly

ghee (clarified butter) – 2 tsp

cardomon powder – 1/2 tsp

cashew nuts broken – one fistful

water – 2 cups


Take the 2 cups of rice flour (prepared as mentioned above under ‘ingredients’) in a large bowl.  Heat equal quantity of water – 2 cups to medium (not too hot otherwise the puttu will solidify) and pour evenly over the rice powder.  Mix well and close it with a lid ensuring that the flour is not forming lumps and leave for about 10-15 minutes.

Grate half a coconut.  Blend it dry along with 3 or 4 or 5 tsps of sugar as you desire and with a pinch of cardamom powder (or a single cardamom).  Keep aside.

Head 2 tsps of ghee or clarified butter (you can substitute with butter if you do not have ghee) lightly and add the chopped cashew nuts and roast to golden brown.

On opening the rice flour lid after 12-15 min, you can see that its done nicely and volume has more than doubled as the rice flour absorbs all the poured water; even the texture changes nicely.  Add the coconut-sugar mixture and the roasted cashews on top and mix evenly.  Always ensure that the flour does not form lumps.

Now we have an interesting sweet rice dish to serve for breakfast; sweet rice puttu can also make a very curious and interesting and light dessert.


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