Sunday, 2 October 2016



Vegetable Puttu


     1)    Putte podi (roasted raw rice powder) – 500 gm.
     2)    Grated coconut – 125 gm.
     3)    Peeled potato – 175 gm.
     4)    Peeled beetroot – 300 gm.
     5)    Peeled carrot – 150 gm.
     6)    Onion – 50 gm.
     7)    Hot green chilies – 15 gm.
     8)    Coriander leaves – 10 gm.
     9)    Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
     10)    Powdered salt – 12 gm.
     11)    Garam masala powder – 3 gm.

To prepare:

          Grate the potatoes, the beets and the carrots. Chop the onion, the green chilies, the coriander leaves and the curry leaves to superfine pieces. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Tip in 25 gm. of the grated coconut. Add the rice powder (putte podi), the powdered salt and the garam masala powder. Mix well with your fingertips and set aside.

To steam:

Puttu Kutti components and parts labeled.

          Fill three fourth of the putte steamer with water, cover with its lid and put it on high heat. Place the perforated disc at the bottom of the putte kutti (cylinder).

 Putte Kutti
Putte / Puttu Kutti

Tip in a couple of teaspoons of grated coconut. Fill a third of the cylinder with a vegetable rice mixture. Tip in a teaspoonful of grated coconut and fill up another third of the cylinder with the mixture. Repeat with grated coconut and the mixture once again till the cylinder is full. Top up with a teaspoonful of grated coconut. Take care never to press the mixture for the steam has to pass through freely. Put on the perforated lid and set the cylinder on the putte steamer which should be boiling by now. In 2 to 4 minutes, the steam will start coming out at the top. Keep for a minute longer, turn down the heat and lift up the cylinder. Remove the lid. Keeping the cylinder horizontally over a plate, insert the steel rod into the bottom of the cylinder and gently push your delicious steaming hot vegetable putte onto the plate. Enjoy hot. You need no other accompaniment for this healthy dish. Hungry kids coming back from school just love to gobble up this putte. So does everyone else!

Vegetable Puttu



          The moisture from the vegetables is just right to make the putte, so long as you are steaming it immediately after mixing. If, however, you take an hour or more to start steaming the putte, you may need to sprinkle a few drops of water and mix again, since the rice flour tends to absorb water, rendering the mixture too dry to bind properly.

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