Raagi Puttu ~ Finger Millet Steamed Hot Cake

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I can’t but think to myself how much we need to be thankful to Allah for all the people in our life. After the parents, sister and nephew left Wednesday night, the house has suddenly become so silent. The kids miss them badly. Though they don’t make it evident, we still understand it, right? Azza, as has been the scene each time they come and go, cried her lungs out at the airport wanting to go with umma. The drama goes on for around 15 minutes and then she is back to normal, as though nothing happened. Thursday was better but yesterday, the emptiness was eerie. I couldn’t even get myself to cook anything new to add to my overflowing drafts, thanks to the heat in the kitchen. But then I tell myself that there’s hardly any more days to go on leave and this time, I am really looking forward to it. I don’t know what maybe the reason, but I just can’t wait to get some relaxing time – hopefully, InShaAllah! πŸ™‚


Puttu is like the state breakfast in Kerala. Do correct me if I am wrong! πŸ˜€ I hardly know of any Keralite who doesn’t like puttu. I have already shared the basic version plus some more puttus on the blog:

The basic recipe of how I make puttu from scratch

Cheat recipes of making normal puttu and raagi puttu from leftover rice

Nenthrapazham PuttuΒ 

Sometimes when I crave for puttu and there is no puttu flour in the fridge, I make them with raagi or finger millet. Umma usually eats this puttu as it is good for diabetic patients. My kids call it “chocolate puttu” thanks to its dark color. πŸ˜€ We prefer having this puttu with banana and sugar over the morning instead of curry, though it is personal choice. Off to this simple recipe…


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3.50 from 2 votes

Raagi Puttu ~ Finger Millet Steamed Hot Cake

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 1/2 cup finger millet raagi flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • Water as required
  • Grated coconut as required


  • Roast the raagi flour on low flame for around five minutes or till a nice aroma comes.
  • Empty into a bowl add the salt and mix well.
  • Now add water slowly by slowly and rub into the flour till the whole batter is wet but not lumpy. Break all the lumps with your fingers.
  • Heat water in a pressure cooker.
  • In a puttu maker, put in some coconut and then top with the raagi flour. Pass steam through it till cooked.
  • Flip onto a plate and enjoy with some sugar and banana or with what goes best with puttu - kadala curry, cherupayar curry or any spicy chicken curry!


You can make this in the long puttu maker as usual. I have used the round one which goes on top of a steamer.

Join the Conversation

  1. Puttu is my hubby’s favorite. But not sure if he will love raagi version. I usually love to have puttu with Banana and sugar but hubby likes it only with curry

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I have not found much difference taste wise… umma sometimes mix both raagi and normal flour and makes it, to mask up some of the taste… Thanks a lot Febi…

  2. 2 stars
    Very healthy and delicious share dear.. I love it to have at any time.. πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Seena… πŸ™‚

  3. is ragi flour same as sorghum flour? because it is also a dark coloured flour.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Both are from the millet family, though they are different… raagi is small and brown, looks like mustard, never tried using sorghum though… Thanks a lot Nammi…

  4. healthy breakfast or snack item.. Nice way to include Millets into our diet

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena…

  5. Biny Anoop says:

    5 stars
    Good one Rafi…i usually try both pearl and red millet…very good

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Biny…

  6. A healthy breakfast……I know how kids behave when their close when leaves the place…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  7. Love it . Very healthy puttu

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena..

  8. Healthy version of puttu…. ! you are right….! the silence after everyone left is really difficult….. I feel like crying in that situation….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      There is no point in crying right… things won’t change… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Remya…

  9. That looks so delicious, Rafs! I’d love it with chicken curry.:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak… πŸ™‚

  10. Puttu looks superb dear…I am a puttu fan but not my boys …so when I crave for it, I make puttu for my breakfast and serve something else to them…Like you said, when i run out of puttu podi, i make the ragi puttu…but I add some rice flour too to hide the actual taste of ragi :)…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Even umma does it, adding rice flour a little but at home, we are all OK with a full raagi puttu… hehe… Thanks a lot Anupa… πŸ™‚

  11. healthy breakfast

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Jaleelakka…

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