Puttu – Kerala Steamed Rice Cakes

Kerala’s breakfast staple and dinner side, made with home made rice flour… soft every single time!




Before I proceed witPinh this post, let me tell you – I have won my first giveaway through blogging!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ When Vineetha from Malabar Ruchi announced her first giveaway after five years of blogging, I gave her a very honest feedback. As far as blogging is concerned, I really feel that the content of blog is always the choice of the blogger. I should say that I absolutely love her blog, for its simple contents, lovely pictures and most of it all, for the lovely person she is!!! When she messaged me mid July that I was the winner of the giveaway, I was really thrilled. She couriered it to my home address in Kerala and eagerly waiting for my B, who was on his little vacation enjoying the rains at home, to come back so that I could get hold of that lovely thing. And it was lovely indeed! My umma thought it looked absolutely cute. People back home were really curious to know what was inside the pack! Hehe… Thank you so much Vinee for that lovely giveaway… Β Absolutely loved it!!! πŸ™‚


One of the major staples in our cooking is puttu – or as it is called in English, steamed hot cakes. This reminds me of my D’s old story. While in college (in 70’s), he and his friends went into a hotel and were looking through the menu to order for something which was within 25 paise per person. At that time, it was a big amount! Searching through the card, they found one item which fitted into the budget and it was called “Steamed Hot Cake”. D and friends expected something new to come to their table and instantly ordered it, only to see three “kuttis” (the cylinder of the puttu maker) of puttu coming their way!!! πŸ˜€


I have never been fond of puttu made with the powder that you get to buy from the supermarkets. How much ever I mix them up with water, even if I steam it for half an hour, the time I push it out of the cylinder, it comes back in the same form as it had gone in!!! That is when the lazy me decided to learn my umma’s method of making puttu. A little bit of work, but then what you get is really worth it! Since then, there has been no turning back. We make this every two weeks and it has always turned out well every time. So here I am sharing it with all of you… πŸ™‚


Puttu goes well with black chana/ kadala curry, cherupayar/ moong bean curry and ripe mysore/ large bananas with sugar!


The process…



Puttu - Kerala Steamed Rice Cakes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 9 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 10 hours
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 1/2 cup matta rice
  • 1/2 cup pachari dosa/ idli rice
  • Salt as per taste
  • 6-8 shallots chopped optional
  • Grated coconut for split


  • Wash well and soak both the rices together overnight.
  • Drain in a seive and leave it for 30 minutes to an hour till most of the moisture is gone. Some moisture is required to keep the "puttu podi" binded, so do not make it really dry.
  • Grind the rice into a coarse powder with a pinch of salt in your mixer. Chop the shallots and add into the ground powder.
  • Heat water in the puttu steamer. Layer the rice flour, with a thin layer of grated coconut and continue to the top layer.
  • Steam the puttu till done - I put the flame on high till the vapor comes from the top and then steam on low flame for 10-12 minutes till done. Push it onto a plate and serve warm!


If you have drained the rice for too long and the powder becomes too dry, then rub in some water before layering.Β 

Updated on April 24,2021: Adding the short video updated on You Tube for knowing the process of making… πŸ™‚


How to make Puttu from scratch...


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  1. Rafeeda, loved your puttu and the recipe.

    1. thank u so much sebeena…

  2. Congratulations Rafeeda on your win..the steamer looks really cute…loved your umma's way of making puttu…they look great

    1. thank u so much kaveri…

  3. Congrats Rafeeda on winning your first prize you really deserve it. The puttu looks awesome, I love all types of puttu…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  4. puttu looks totally delicious Rafeeda

    1. thank u so much…

  5. looks awesome..can't wait to try now
    Tasty Appetite

    1. thank u so much jay…

  6. congrats for winning the price and this is my fav puttu

    1. thank u so much ramya…

  7. wow !! thats such a great gift..cute .very cute indeed !! mabrook undae !!

    1. thank u so much sona… πŸ™‚

  8. congrats on ur win, puttu luks delicious….

    1. thank u so much razina…

    1. thank u so much sangeetha…

  9. Hi Rafeeda, congratulation. Your puttu look delicious, very well make.

    Have a nice week ahead.

    1. thank u so much amelia…

  10. Congrats Rafeeda…. Ws going thru ur ummas recipe…my mom also makes it ths way while i prefer naadan podi… I m a lazy cook

    1. thank u so much hasna… i also used to be very lazy, but then when my failures disappointed me, i thought it was better to go the long route… πŸ™‚

  11. congrats dear, my favourite breakfast!!!!!

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    1. thank u so much jeya…

  12. Congrats Rafee πŸ™‚ puttu is my fav and I have to make it tomorrow πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  13. congrats rafee darling!!!!!!!!puttu puttey………..kollatto

    1. thank u so much shaai…

  14. Congrats dear,yummy puttu,my favorite breakfast.

    1. thank u so much suja..

  15. Congrats Rafeeda, wish you many more on your way… delicious and perfect puttu.

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    1. thank u so much sanoli…

  16. Congratulations Rafee, and puttu is our all time favorite but to accompany it kadala curry is a must!!!

    1. thank u so much…

  17. Congrats Rafeeda…I liked the story of Steamed hot cake :D.. And that puttu looks so perfect..never made it this way though

    1. thank u so much anupa…

  18. Congrats Sis, am so happy for u..Puttu with kadala curry, who will forget this authentic combo..those steamed rice cakes are making me hungry.

    1. thank u so much akka…

  19. congo girl….love pittu with banana or kadala curry or simple papadam and sugar…yumm

    1. thank u so much divya…

  20. Hey Rafee congrats.
    Thanks for the recipe as I have been asking my folks about just powdering soaked rice.But I am always told puttuinnula podi epozhum varakanam.Coming to think of it at home puttu podi is always made in bulk.They have no clue on how nuclear families prepare and eat in small quantities:)

    1. you are right, meena… this way is perfect, we normally serve this for one day dinner and one day breakfast! you can halven the quantities and try! πŸ™‚

  21. Congratulations Rafee dear.. WIsh you many more to come.. I had puttu only once at a friend's house and since then it became my favorite.. Looks superb sweety πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nilu… πŸ™‚

  22. Totally new for me…puttu looks awesome…
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    1. thank u so much hetal…

  23. puttu is one of my fave breakfast. miss it so much. your version looks delicious and soft.

    1. thank u so much sona…

  24. How did I miss to see this posttttt..thank u so much Rafee for posting this πŸ™‚

    1. u saw this now atleast vinee… πŸ˜› thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

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