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Chiratta Puttu (Rice cake Steamed in coconut shell)

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A statement while talking to your college friends is “Those were the days!!! Wish we got those days back !! “. Never in my dreams did I think that I would get an opportunity to enjoy college life at a latter stage of life. So when J got admission to the prestigious Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, I was truly elated. Well, I could enjoy the college life and needn’t worry about the exams and studies…Bliss !! Isn’t that a double whammy??

I was soooooo looking forward to the life at ISB. When we moved into our fully furnished studio apartment within the campus, the first thing I checked was the Microwave only to be disappointed a bit. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the convection function…which means… my baking has to take a backseat till I find a solution to it.. 🙁 The last week was pretty hectic with activities and hence it took us even longer to get the kitchen running. A constant thought that was nagging me was the fact that I haven’t updated my blog. So the moment I managed to spare some time, I decided to share some Kerala recipes with you, my readers.

The first one on the list is “Puttu”. ‘Puttu’ is a very popular breakfast item of Kerala, Tamil Nadu as well as Sri Lanka where it’s known as “Pittu”. They are steamed cylindrical shaped cakes consisting of coconut layers in between rice flour. Another variation to the cylindrical shape is the “Chiratta puttu”, where the rice flour-coconut mixture is steamed in a Coconut shell, known as Chiratta in Malayalam.

 

 

In the modern days, people use a steel utensil shaped like coconut (as shown in the picture).This is placed on top of the pressure cooker just like you would place the weight. Traditionally the accompaniments for Puttu was either bananas, sugar or Kadala curry(chick peas curry). You can have it with even fish curry or chicken curry as well.

Sinhala people eat puttu with raw coconut milk, sometimes with sugar or chilli paste. You can see the video of making Puttu here.

 

 

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Chiratta Puttu (Rice cake Steamed in coconut shell)
'Puttu' is a very popular breakfast item of Kerala, Tamil Nadu as well as Sri Lanka where it's known as "Pittu". They are steamed cylindrical shaped cakes consisting of coconut layers in between rice flour. Another variation to the cylindrical shape is the "Chiratta puttu", where the rice flour-coconut mixture is steamed in a Coconut shell, known as Chiratta in Malayalam.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix the rice flour with salt and water and mix well.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of grated coconut and mix well.
  3. When you roll the mixture into a ball, it should be able to hold shape and crumble easily when you crush it.
  4. Put the mixture in a grinder and run for a couple of seconds.This step is optional.The blitzing makes the puttu even more softer.
  5. Place the pressure cooker with water and let boil.Meanwhile, take the chiratta/coconut shell or the utensil.
  6. The utensil usually has a perforated disc which needs to be placed at the bottom.
  7. Once the disc is in place spread a little coconut evenly on the bottom.
  8. Put in the rice flour mixture till the brim.Sprinkle some more coconut evenly on top.
  9. Place the coconut shell or utensil on top of the pressure cooker.
  10. Cover and let cook for approximately 5- 7 minutes and till the cooked smell comes.
  11. Invert the shell on a plate and Voila !!! the puttu is ready.
  12. Serve with the accompaniment of your choice.
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  1. Shubha says:

    I am a little confused.how do you place the coconut shell.Can you show step by step?

  2. Shubha says:

    I am a little confused.how do you place the coconut shell.Can you show step by step?

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