Monday, March 29, 2010

Puttu and Kadala curry/ Rice Steam cake and Black chickpea curry

Hope you had a nice weekend...As I haven't posted any breakfast recipes in my blog yet, I am going to start with a traditional kerala recipe: Puttu and KadalaCurry(Steamed rice cake and black chickpea curry)...
"Puttu" is a traditional kerela breakfast and non-keralites hardly know this dish  and its preparation.why i am saying like that because my non-malayalee friends curiously ask about this puttu..may be because the preparation of this dish is so unique ..It is a very easy to make recipe but it requires a specific mould for the preparation.
The best combinations with puttu are : payar (moong dal curry); kadala curry  ; pappadam and pazham(ripe banana).My brother used to have the puttu with the egg curry.Thats also a best combination.
There are two types of puttu mould(Puttu kutty). Hemisphere mould (you can even use coconut shell) and cylinderical mould. I used both the moulds for preparing the Puttu today.. (Traditionally the puttu was prepared using a cylendrical mould ("Puttu Kutty") coming along with a small pot("Puttu Kudam"). Nowadays, we use pressure cooker instead of this pot).I do remember sometimes amma used to prepare the puttu with the idlimaker instead of the puttu-kutty.. Add the flour in each idli plate and just steam it..Within minutes plateful of puttu will be ready.If u are interested u could use the coconut shell as well. Add the grated coconut and flour in the shell and make a hole in the shell (by opening of the eye of the shell).. Place  this into the pressure cooker nozzle and cook..
Below are the moulds which I used for preparing puttu:

Let me explain the preparation steps of this steamed rice cake
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Rice Flour: 2 cup
Grated coconut: 1/4 cup
salt : to taste
Water : enough
Step1: In a pan add the rice flour and heat it for 5 minutes.stir constantly. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool.
Step2: In a bowl add this flour and sprinkle some water (add salt too) and prepare wet flour. This is an important step. Do not add more water and also make sure that the flour is wet enough.
Step3: In a pressure cooker boil 2-3 cups of water.
Step4: In the puttu kutty add the grated coconut and then the flour in layers( in the cylinderical  -add 3 layers of coconut (1-2 tsp)and 2 layers of flour,in the hemishere just one layer if u wish u could add some grated coconut on the top as well)
Step5: Place the mould on the pressure cooker nozzle(vent pipe). Once the flour is well cooked  you could see the steam coming from puttu mould.let it cook for some more time.(refer the picture below)
Step6: Remove it from the pressure cooker and with the help of a stick take off  the puttu from the mould.
The delicious puttu is ready to have..Have it with kadala curry.
Points to ponder
  • Insted of using the flour..u can soak the rice for 4-5 hour and make the nice powder of it and use that...
  • Heat the flour just before making the puttu.It will help to make the puttu softer.

Kadala curry(Black Chickpea Curry)
Black chickpea(kadala):1 cup
Onion: 1 medium sie
Tomato: 1 small
Green chili: 2 nos
salt : to taste
ginger: medium sie
Garlic: 3 pods
Coconut pieces: 5-10(optional)
Making the paste
Grated coconut :1/2 cup
Chili powder: 1 tsp
Coriander Powder: 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala: 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder:1/2 tsp
Oil : 1 tsp
Mustard seed: 1 tsp
Redchili: 1 no
Curry leaves: 1 spring

  • Heat the pan .Add the grated coconut and fry until golden brown color.Add the chili powder coriander powder garam masala and turmeric powder fry it for 3 minute.Switch off the heat and let the mix to cool..
  • Make a nice paste of the above mixture.Add water accordingly.

  • Soak the chickpea in water overnight(otherwise atleast 8-10 hours)
  • Cook the chick pea in 3 cups of water(add salt too)

  • Heat oil in a pan,add the sliced onion,Once it get slight brown color add the garlic ginger paste, green chili and coconut piece. sauté well .
  • Add the tomato pieces saute until the oil seperate from the mix.
  • Add the black chickpea saute for sometime
  • Add the coocnut paste and mix it with the chickpeas
  • Add enough water(use the same water  for cooking the chickpea) and cook for 10-15 minutes in medium heat


  • Heat oil in another pan..add the mustard seeds ,once the mustards seeds get splutter ,add the red chili and curry leaves 
  • Pour the mix into the kadala curry.

The Kadala curry is ready to have..Have it with Puttu.
Points to ponder

  • If you like more spice add more green chili and chili powder
  • If you like to make more gravy add 2-3 cup of water .
  • Do not overcook the black chickpea.

Sending this  to JIHVA-Breakfast event hosted by veggieplatter and the event started by Indira

    34 Said:

    Vrinda said...

    Its BF time here and i ma having puttu with pazham , feel like digging in to ur kadala curry..such an unbeatable combo,beautiful shot....

    Uma said...

    Hey PranisKitchen,
    cylindrical puttu is interesting. Puttu is new for me. Nice combo with black chickpea.

    Suhaina said...

    Kadacurry looks very nice. Super combination.

    SathyaSridhar said...

    Wooow!! Puttu n kadala curry looks perfect match and delicious,,,puttu is my all time fav, i use to have puttu with ghee,coconut scrapping and banana,,hmmmm it taste yummyyyy,,, thanks for sharing dear,,

    Priya said...

    Authentic dish of Kerala...came to know u through Nithu's space, u have a beautiful space Prani...keep rocking..

    Sarah Naveen said...

    Navee's Fav Breakfast..looks so perfect and yummy!!!

    PranisKitchen said...

    uma,vrinda,suhaina,sathya,priya sarah
    thanks for the comments dear

    Shama Nagarajan said...

    traditional combo....yummy recipe...lovely picture

    Swathi said...

    Lovely combo, my favorite.

    Neetz said...

    hi Pranith :)...just gotur blog thru google search and an aweosme blog and very yummy recipes :)... following u dear and when u get time do drop my blog too :) iwould love you to have your thoughts and comments on mine :)

    Sushma Mallya said...

    i love puttu but its been long long time since i had this one,lovely combo and would love to have this anytime...nice clicks prani and read your lovely post on nithu's blog as well..was great knowing few things abt you...

    Tina said...

    Kidilan combo...Ithundengil pinnendhu venam..Kurachu pickle koodi ayikotte..

    Yummy Team said...

    Beautiful pics!! Love this combo..

    Ms.Chitchat said...

    The perfect couple, puttu and kadala curry :):)Clicks are good too.

    Nisha said...

    My Favorite breakfast.Great Combo

    Daisy Blue said...

    Very nice dish...looks lovely,....came thro Nithu's blog..

    Panchpakwan said...

    This is very new to me..Looks yumm.. said...

    This is very new to me.Never heard or seen this dish before.It looks very interesting but I didnt understand where you put the puttu maker??Inside the pressure cooker ??

    Suma Gandlur said...

    Thank you very much for this traditional entry.
    loved to learn about this.
    I didn't understand the step 5 in the puttu making. I think it would be a great help (to people like me who have never seen puttu preparation in progress) if you post it pictorially when you have time.
    Thanks once again for your participation. :)

    J said...

    hi prani.. came here fro the first time after reading ur guest poat at nithus blog.. u hv anic esapce.. this chana subji looking gr8.. wil visit often.. aded u to my blogroll

    Nithu Bala said...

    I'm drooling over your puttu..I don't have puttu maker..have to buy soon..kadala curry looks delicious..

    Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

    Hi, this is my 1st time here, you have a lovely blog and I can find a lot of good recipe here, will definitely come back here.

    PranisKitchen said...

    shama,swathi,neets,Sushma,Tina ,yummy team,Ms chitchat,nisha,Panchpakwan,Simply food,suma thanks for ur comments dear
    Simply food and suma..i have update step 5 with the u will get the idea of where u have to put the puttumaker.Thanks for visiting here..You guys are always welcome dear

    Silence Sings said...

    thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment too.....

    Gone thru ur blog and found so many interesting recipes....following u to visit ur blog again and again....

    San said...

    Thank you for your comments dear.Puttu is so tempting.My aunt who resides in chennai is an expert in making it,no one else gets me puttu.Puttu with banana n sugar yumm yum combo,kadala curry is so delicious.Following you.

    Lena Rashmin Raj said...

    woww..taste of kerala... :) 2marw amma is makin puttu and kadala curry... :)

    Gita said...

    Kadala curry looks good...nice tempting platter. Hi first time here, you have a very nice blog...will keep in touch :)

    Pravs said...

    Puttu kadala curry any time for me.Like the way you have made kadala curry. There is slight differences in the way every one makes kadala curry.Will try your version sometime. I have puttu kadala posted in my blog long time back.

    Jagruti said...

    Lovely and tempting dish! loved all the pics..

    Ann said...

    Mouth watering to me, I love puttu and this curry the best combo ever! and your pic looks soo tempting.

    Pedhakka said...

    your presentation is so neat and I like your pointer !!! Its so helpful !!

    sneh said...

    never tried but looks v tasty. hey pls collect your award from my blog

    shahana said...

    puttum kadalaum enthai favoritea kotiyavunnu!

    PranisKitchen said...

    j,nithu,sonia,silence sings,san,lena ,gita,pravs,jagruti,Ann,Pedhaka,Sneh and shahana thanks for ur comments dear..
    sneh thanks a lot..i will collect the award..

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