Puttu (Steamed Rice cake) with a Pep of colour

Puttu, Kerala's favorite breakfast dish is a steamed rice cake made with white rice or brown rice. This is our twist to the traditional puttu by adding to it a pop of color and making it more eye candy. 

The recipe was inspired by our friend Vidya Mathew.. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

3 cup rice flour
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup beetroot juice
1/4 cup spicy curry
1 cup coconut, freshly grated

  1. Prep the Puttu flour: Take rice flour and salt in a bowl and mix it with water to form a crumbly mixture. Ensure you add the water with a spoon in small servings. Remember we don't want to make a dough, we are aiming only for a crumbly texture without any lumps. Once the base mixture is ready, divide it equally into 3 parts in separate bowls.
  2. White Puttu: Leave the first part as is and do not add anything to it.
  3. Pink Puttu: Drizzle beetroot juice and some powdered sugar to the second part and mix till you receive a light pink color to the mixture. 
  4. Yellow / Brown Puttu: Take only the liquid from your well seasoned gravy that you have made to enjoy with the puttu and mix it with the third part of the puttu mixture. 
  5. Prep the Puttu maker: Once you have all the 3 mixtures ready, heat water in a pressure cooker and do not add the whistle. In the Puttu maker, first add 3 tsp of grated coconut followed by a layer of 3 heaped tablespoons of the brown puttu mixture, then layer with grated coconut, followed by 3 tbsps of Pink Puttu, a layer of white puttu, a layer of pink puttu and then a layer of brown puttu. Ensure you separate each layer of puttu mixture with a layer of grated coconut. 
  6. Steam the puttu: Once the steam starts rising from the whistle hole of the pressure cooker, place the puttu maker filled with the layered mixture. Cook for around 4 mins or until you see the steam rising out from the top of the puttu maker. 
  7. Remove the puttu from the puttu maker and serve with a spicy curry.

  1. While mixing the puttu flour, make sure there are no lumps and that you have a nice crumbly texture through out the puttu.
  2. If you do not have freshly grated coconut, used desiccated coconut after soaking it in little warm water.
  3. To make beetroot juice, just boil beetroots and save the water. 
  4. For gravy recipes, check out our Peas curry and Kadala Curry recipes. 


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