Puttu is a very famous Kerala Breakfast which is made using Rice Flour, Wheat Flour or even Rava. It is eaten along with sweet bananas, specially cheru pazham. Some people prefer having Puttu along with Egg Curry, Kadala (Bengal Gram) Curry, Cheru Payaru (Green Gram) Curry etc.

Kerala Rice Puttu

Kerala Puttu

You can view the recipe for Rava Puttu here.

Puttum Mutta Curry

Puttum Mutta Curry


  1. Puttu Podi / Fried Rice Powder – 2 cups
  2. Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup
  3. Grated Cumin – 1 tsp
  4. Salt – As required
  5. Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  6. Luke Warm Water – Around 1/2 – 3/4 cup
Rice Powder after mixing with water

Rice Powder after mixing with water

Grated Coconut

Grated Coconut

Preparation Method

  1. Mix little salt in half to 3/4 cup of warm water.
  2. Mix 1/2 tsp of grated cumin and 1/2 tsp of sugar with the rice powder.
  3. Sprinkle water on the rice powder and start mixing it so as to make the powder wet.
  4. Keep on sprinkling water and continue mixing, till u can make lumps when you clasp but which can be easily crumbled.
  5. After the mixture has enough moisture, run it in a grinder for a few seconds so that there are no lumps.
  6. For making Puttu, there is a special vessel known as Puttu Kutti which is placed on top of another vessel called Puttu Kudam.
  7. Fill the PuttuKudam with water, not more than half its capacity.
  8. Place a handful of grated coconut in the Puttukutty (special utensil) and then add the rice mixture till half, now add another handful of grated coconut. Continue adding rice mixture and top it with some coconut.
  9. Close the lid and place the PuttuKutti on the PuttuKuddam and steam the Puttu for about 10-12 minutes.
  10. It is ready to be served with Mutta Curry or Kadala Curry or even with bananas.

    Puttu Kutti

    Puttu Kutti & Puttu Kudam

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4 comments to Puttu

  • Juby

    It will be very good if u can add a video demo of making puttu for better understanding

  • Hi,
    I added you to the food buzz. Whenever I make puttu and place puttu kudi on the tip of the pressure cooker. After making it, it broke into pieces when I push the stick to come out of the puttu kudi. Pls help me how to push it nicely to get cylinder shape like urs as seen in ur picture. Pls let me know for this 2 cups of rice flour, around 1/2 cup of water is sufficent to make it.

  • The amount of water would depend mostly on the Rice Flour used. I use around 1/2 -3/4 cups of water for 2 cups of roasted puttu powder.
    And I guess, this will be sufficient for all kinds of rice flour.
    If the Puttu has been cooked well, it will not break when you push it out. So steam it for atleast 8-10 minutes. Hope this helps.

  • Rajeswari

    How to make the rice powder first?
    Without roasting, can we steam it?
    Thanks! 🙂

    Hi Rajeswari,
    Rice Flour is roasted to increase its shelf life. You can use unroasted rice powder for making Puttu. Most of the store-bought rice powders are not roasted and you can use it for Puttu.

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