Easy Ragi Puttu
A cardamom flavored steamed dessert made with Ragi flour & fresh grated coconut.
I have had some of the best puttu during my time in Kerala. There is plain puttu served with a black chickpea curry. Then there is vegetable puttu, biryani puttu, chicken puttu and Prawn Puttu. Its is almost like you can layer puttu with anything because the rice flour mix goes well with any spicy flavor. There is no fixed time to have puttu. I have had it for breakfast, snack and dinner. So you can sit and think, “hmm, what is a good time to have puttu?”. It is always puttu time. The Ragi Puttu recipe here is made of finger millet or ragi flour. So it is healthier and gluten-free. To check out some of my other millet recipes: click here
Now, a proper puttu is layered in a funnel and steamed. Hence the cylindrical shape, which looks amazing. But I kinda followed Mom and went the no frills way. If you are using a puttu funnel, then layer the grated coconut at the center for a more visual appeal.
Easy to make. Here are the highlights, the detailed recipe is of course mentioned below.
Sprinkle some water to make a crumbly flour. Just enough water so that the flour holds together when pressed with your hand and then crumbles || Steam || Mix in the grated coconut, ghee, sugar and cardamom
Ragi Puttu Recipe
- Finger Millet / Ragi Flour: 1 cup
- Sugar: 1/2 cup
- Grated Fresh Coconut or Tiny Coconut Pieces: 1/4 cup
- Cardamom Pods: 4 (with their seeds crushed)
- Clarified Butter / Ghee: 2 tbsp
- Sieve the ragi flour and dry roast the flour for about 5 mins of low heat in a thick vessel
- Once the flour cools down, sprinkle some water and rub it in. The flour should reach a crumbly consistency.
- Steam the flour for 10 mins and let it cool down a little
- While the flour is still warm, add the ghee, cardamom(pods and crushed seeds), sugar and coconut. Mix well
- Use a some grated coconut for garnishing
- Steaming also adds moisture so sprinkle very little water
- Jaggery is a healthier sweet substitute for refined sugar
- The ragi flour can be steamed without roasting
- Store bought cardamom powder can also be used