Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sweet Rice Puttu & Awards....

Puttu is my all time favorite. My grandma, My mother,& MIL usually prepares it wonderfully delicious puttu as a snack in the evening and usually it is the sweet variety. Puttu is a culinary specialty & this is a common dessert in our village and near by Tirunelveli dist in Tamil Nadu. It is traditional dish used to prepare in functions & festivals for neividyam. This puttu is different from what the Keralites prepares. .. Puttu is a steamed rice cake is supposed to be soft and fluffy. It’s made with rice flour, grated coconut and jaggery. The process is also time consuming but worth every effort. Traditionally it’s prepared by soaking raw rice in water, draining it, spreading it on a cloth and powdering the rice, while the rice is still damp.It is not that difficult to make provided you have loads of time to spare & a lot of patience too... . This dish came to my mind for purva’s Holi festival Event. But work front kept me busy and somehow I could manage it to prepare it on Holi.hope you enjoy it:)
Here's the recipe for it; .
Rice -3 cup
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Jaggery- 1 cup
Salt - A pinch
Water-¼ cup
Cardamoms-4 to6
Coconut-cut into small piece few
Cashew- 50 gm
1. Soak raw rice in water, draini it, spreading it on a cloth and powdering the rice, while the rice is still damp. Then make like powder by using Mixer.
2. Dry roast rice flour in a kadai in medium flame till golden coloured. Remove from fire & allow to cool.
3. Heat the water with salt & turmeric till it becomes lukewarm.

4. Sprinkle this little by little, to the roasted flour & mix well till it resembles fine bread crumbs.( The rice flour should be wet enough to hold together when you try making a fist with it and dry enough to break apart at a simple knock with the thumb. It shouldn’t be clumpy or too powdery. Keep breaking it with the hand as you mix. The amount of water varies with the kind of rice flour used. So keep adding in small quantities.)
5. Sieve this using a coarse sieve & wrap the flour in a clean cloth like a bundle. Place the bundle in a vessel; keep the vessel in a pressure cooker & steam cook for 10 minutes. Remove from fire & crumble the flour without any lumps. Again pass this steamed flour through the sieve(Take a pinch of the cooked flour and rub it with your two fingers.If the flour turned like a thread then the cooking is over.It is ready. If you can do that , If notkeep it again in the cooker and cook for some more time.)

6. Mix well with hands without any lumps.Fry cashew nuts in 1 sp ghee and keep aside.
7.Now, in a deep pan pour 50 ml water and put crushed jaggery and when it melts filter it.
Make syrup out of it.
8. The syrup should become thick enough, so that when you add a drop of it in a vessel of water, it should solidify immediately. (When a drop of the jaggery syrup is dropped in cold water, you should be able to form it into a ball. When you reach this consistency switch of the stove and remove the vessel from the stove.)

9. Now add this mixture little by little to the steamed flour and simultaneously mix the flour and jaggery syrup with the other hand using a spatula. Be careful because the syrup will be very hot and it will scald your skin if it drops.
10. The 'puttu' is ready and it must be like 'dry sand' after adding the jaggery. Allow to cool & then serve.
11. Add cardamom powder, grated coconut and fried cashew nuts. Mix well. Actually it is some what difficult ...Experiment in small quantities.

These goes to FestiveFood: Holi Hai event hosted by dear Purva.

Load Of Awards:
Vibaas & Gita has passed me on this very cute award. Thanks a lot for both of you for remembering me!

It is really tough to pick just 8 of my friends for this award, so I am passing on this award to all my blogger friends

Again Vibaas has passed me all this cute awards for me Thanks for sharing it with me dear.I feel honoured dear:)
I would like pass these awards to all my sweet friends Purva, Priti, vidhya, Suma, Hema, Srihari vatsan, Asha, Akal Sappadu, Nithya Praveen, Rajeswari Vijayanand, Rekhas Kitchen, Gita,Vidas, Malar, Viki, Anu,Mahima,srilekha, sia, A&N, Usha, Sripriya, Deesha ,N33ma.
Enjoy !!!


Priya Suresh said...

WOw, i love this puttu much..had them long back..u r tempting me...

COngrats on ur awards..u deserve it!!

Vidhya said...

puttu looks just perfect. Whenever i try making this one, it won't come like yours Jaishree. it will be like kali:(. I think i will follow your steps next time and i am bookmarking this one..

Congratulations on your awards Jaishree. You deserve it. Thanks a ton for passing it to me.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

oh super.. puttu is my fav and looks delicious.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

and hey thanks for the awards dear..i am happy :)

Malar Gandhi said...

I love puttu...but never made them! looks good.

Thanks for the awards dear. You deserve them and much more in future...enjoy!

gtyuk said...

I love puttu; my grandma used to do it when we come home for holidays. haven't eaten since years! your puttu looks nice yummy and tempting!

Jaishree dear, congratulations for all these awards, and thank you for thinking of me, but i've already passed you all these awards to YOU, i think you didn't see it...:)

Vikis Kitchen said...

This kind of sweet puttu is really worthy sweet. Its been very long since I had this. ur Puttu looks very homely.
I will try it this weekend:)
Congrats on all ur awards dear. U deserve more. Thanks for sharing them with me too.

Recipeswap said...

Congrats on the awards and thanks for passing it to me......Lovely puttu.

Poornima Nair said...

Hi Jaishree...the sweet puttu sounds delicious, love the combo of rice, jaggery and coconut...first time here...U have a great collection.

Jaishree Iyer said...

Thank u all for your lovely compliments;)

vidhas said...

Rice puttu is my favourite. Looks delcicious. Congrats on your award and thanks for passing me too. Kindly accept my awards, also,

Sia said...

fantastic recipe! nothing can beat traditional and authentic recipes and i am always on lookout for them.

Premyscakes said...

Puttu is one of my fav, but never turned out this good. will give a try like yours.

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. i love that puttu! Looks tempting! Congrats on the awards! Thats a lot!! Thanks for passing it to me..

sriharivatsan said...

Ah, i had this long time wanna to have it.defnitely am going to try..Bookmaring...Puttu looks absolutely delicious and perfect...Tx for passing the awards...

Purva Desai said...

this is a new dish for me, but I am sure must have tasted great and ur family had a blast on Holi enjoying this yummy dish cooked by you.
Congrats on receiving these awards and sharing it with me

Gita Jaishankar said...

it has been quite sometime since I had this puttu... looks so delicious... I must make this one soon... nice pictures :) Congrats on all your awards dear and thanks a lot for sharing it with me!

Usha said...

Puttu looks delicious ! Congrats on all your well deserved awards and thanks so much for thinking of me!

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

love this authentic dish! looks wonderful!

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