Puttu or steamed rice cake is a popular breakfast dish of Kerala. Puttu with Kadala curry, banana or pappadam is a great combination. Learn how to prepare tasty puttu.


  • Rice Flour – 2 cups
  • Grated Coconut – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 1/2 tbsp, melted
  • Water – as required (approx 2/3 cup)
  • Salt – to taste.


  • In a large bowl, place the puttu powder. Add salt to taste to 2/3 cup of water and slowly add about 2 tbsps at a time to the puttu powder and mix it. Do not add all the water at once. It should be a bread crumb consistency and not form a dough. Add melted ghee and mix. Normally 1/2 cup to 2/3 rd cup of water is sufficient to wet 2 cups of puttu powder.
  • The right consistency of puttu powder is achieved when you take the prepared flour in your fist and close it to form shape. Leave aside this prepared rice mixture for an hour or two at room temperature. When the mixture sits, water is absorbed. After sitting time of 1 or 2 hours, if you find that the mixture is slightly dry, add a little more water and mix.
  • Add 2 cups water to the bottom vessel of the puttu maker and allow to simmer till hot. Wet the puttu mold and lightly grease it. Place the round perforated disc with holes inside the puttu mold such that it fits well at the bottom of the mold. Place 2 tbsps of grated coconut at the bottom of the puttu mold. Carefully and slowly pour about 6 tbsps of the puttu powder from a height followed by another layer of 2 tbsps of grated coconut. Again layer with 6 tbsps of puttu powder and finish off with 2 tbps of grated coconut on the top. Place the lid over the puttu mold and place the mold over the water vessel.
  • Steam on high medium flame for 5-6 mts and 4 mts on low flame. Turn off heat and wait for 2 to 3 mts before removing the puttu from the mold with the help of a wooden ladle or skewer. Hold the puttu mold parallel to the serving plate and with the help of a long ladle gently push the bottom disc such that the puttu slides onto the plate.
  • Serve warm with Kadala curry or banana and pappadam.

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