So here’s the Typical Kerala breakfast dish that’s very healthy and very filling –
Wheat Puttu or Steamed Wheat Cakes.
Puttu was originally made with rice flour but later, more healthier options like wheat flour, raagi and even mixed grains powder was used to prepare it. Its normally made in a puttu kutti, a vessel specially available for this. Its a cylindrical vessel with two portions, the bottom part to hold the water and the top to hold the flour. The cooking is entirely done on the steam from the lower portion of the kutti. You can alternately also use a chiratta, which means halved coconut shell but I haven’t tried this method myself.
Wheat Puttu Recipe
Ingredients for puttu:
Wheat puttu flour – 2 cups
Grated coconut – 3/4 cup, or according to taste
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Water – enough to wet the flour
How to Make Puttu:
This is truly one of the simplest breakfast dishes you can make but the consistency of the flour is very important to get soft puttu.
1. Mix the flour with the salt till its totally blended. Then add water little at a time till the flour is wet. Make sure there are no lumps.
2. Transfer to the upper part of the puttu kutti, making sure to layer the bottom with coconut that’s about an inch high. After transferring half the flour, you can add one more layer, top if off with the rest of the flour and then finish off with another layer of coconut.
Some people mix a bit of coconut into the flour so that can also be done, depending on how much coconut you’d like in the final dish 🙂
3. Steaming should take approx. 10 minutes. Once done, transfer to a dish and serve hot with ripe bananas, ghee and sugar.
Kadala Curry is also a very good combination with any kind of puttu. In fact, its often mentioned together like bread and jam – puttum kadalayum 🙂