Puttu recipe / Steam cake – Kerala style

Prepration time: 15 Minutes
Persons served: 4 Persons
Cuisine: Kerala


  • Raw Rice(Pachari) - 1/2 kg
  • or Rice flour : 2cups
  • Grated Coconut – 3/4 to 1 cup
  • Water – 1/2 – 3/4 cup
  • Salt

Puttu aka “rice steamed cake” is one of Kerala’s traditional breakfast item. Kerala Puttu is usually served with Banana, pappadam or Kadala curry.

Puttu is one of the favorite breakfast in Kerala which is also very easy to make. Now a days you can even buy ready to use puttu powder (flour) in all the stores. There are many variants of puttu like Chiratta puttu,  Kappa puttu, Rava puttu etc… Here is the recipe for making the common puttu.

Puttu recipe

  1. Soak rice for about 2 hours  (You can skip directly to step 4 if you are starting with rice flour).
  2. Drain the water completely and dry the wet rice in a cool place and grind it to coarse powder.
  3. In a pan heat the rice powder for 3-4 minutes but do not roast and let it cool.
  4. In a large bowl, take the powder and sprinkle water on the flour (Be careful in mixing water. The perfect combination of water and rice powder gives the good result).
  5. Add salt to taste and mix it thoroughly with hand. (It should be a bread crumb consistency and not form a dough.)
  6. In a Puttu Kutti (Puttu making vessel easily available in the market) add 2 cups water to the bottom vessel of the puttu maker and allow to simmer till hot. Place the round perforated disc with holes inside the puttu maker such that it fits well at the bottom of the mould. Place 1 layer of grated coconut at the bottom of the puttu maker. Carefully and slowly add about 6 tbsps of the puttu powder from a height followed by another layer of  grated coconut. Again you can layer with 6 tbsps of puttu powder and finish off with 1 layer of grated coconut on the top. Place the lid over the puttu mould and place the mould over the bottom vessel.
    Puttu Maker

    Puttu Maker

  7. Steam it for 10 minutes.
  8. Serve hot with Ground nut (Kadala Curry), Green gram curry (Cheru payar), Cowpea ( Vanpayar ) curry or Mutta ( Egg ) Curry.


  • Fill the rice and coconut as loose layers.
  • Serve hot/warm with banana or curry of your choice or with pappadam.
  • If you add some ghee it will yields soft puttu.

How would you rate this recipe?

114 votes, 4.17 / 5.00 (83%)
    • says:

      Thank you Gowri Sankar.

  • S

    Hello Kitchen Doctor,
    We are back and hungry as ever – made this wonderful puttu (steaming steaming hot) with chettinad chicken – simpllllllllllllly lip smacking good. Thanks a tonne! K D (borrowed the puttu maker from chechi, our neighbor) thanks to chechi as well.

  • says:

    I think godhambu (wheat)puttu also good.

  • S

    Dis is nice and very easy recipe for an amateur like me. I just have a few questions, do I need to dry the wet rice completely before grinding?? And do I need to heat the coarse rice powder on high heat???

    • says:

      @snya: It is not mandatory to make it completely dry before grinding. But, at home we practice drying the rice completely before grinding. Also, If you are planning to use the powder for very next day, you don’t need to roast it in high heat. You can just warm it and use it. But if you are planning to keep the powder for long time, it is better to roast it and keep it.

  • says:

    good regina ……….how is good puttu podi making and marketing any idea

    • says:

      No Idea on marketing Santhosh 😉

  • G

    Thank you, your recipe was helpful:)

    • says:

      Happy to hear that Geetha 🙂

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