Puttu ~ A South Indian Breakfast

Indian breakfasts are really fascinating. There are SO many varieties to choose from for an Indian breakfast. When you tell a typical Indian you are eating cereal or oats or bread for breakfast, they will think that either your wife has no idea how to make Indian food or that you are lazy. I grew up eating puttu because my gramma made it for breakfast. My mom made this at home too. They have a cylindrical puttu making machine too. I currently don’t have it, so I made it the other way it is made as well.


  • Rice flour
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Salt to Taste
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Banana

Mix the rice flour, coconut (freshly grated or store bought) and salt in a bowl. Slowly add some water and mix as you pour the water. The idea is to form mini rice lumps, just like you would with the crumble for an apple crumble.

If you have an electric rice cooker. use the steamer tray and cook it until done. If you have a pressure cooker, cook it without putting the pressure cooker whistle.

Serve it hot with some bananas and a sprinkle of sugar. Keep some coconut handy to sprinkle on the puttu once its cooked.


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