Oats Puttu


Puttu is one of the traditional breakfast items in Kerala. I haven’t heard of any other place which makes this dish. It is usually made of rice flour and can be briefly described as Steamed rice cake. But this recipe uses oats to replace the traditional rice puttu. Keeping the health benefits of oats in mind, this is a good option to make for breakfast. I got introduced to Oats puttu, when my friend told me about it. She told me it is very easy to make and is very tasty with Kadala curry. I was tempted to try it. And voila! She was right!! 🙂 Thank you Moneesha for sharing the idea 😉

Both me and DD don’t like puttu. I used to hate those days when mom would make puttu. I used to feel its soo dry that it won’t go down my throat. Though I never thought I would ‘ever’ make puttu in my entire life, coming from Kerala, I had the Puttu maker handy, just in case 😛 Ya, that’s right, you need a special mould for making puttu. Even if you don’t have the traditional pot for it, you should atleast have the cylindrical mould. And you could place it on top of a cooker. Am glad I had it handy. Coz after making this oats puttu, I know for sure that my Puttu maker is not going to be unused 😉


Note: Cup used for measurement is US measurement cup, 1 cup = 237 ml

Oats – 2.5 cups
Water – 1/2 cup apprx.
Salt – to taste(apprx. 3/4 tsp)
Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Shredded coconut – 6 tbsp


1. Pulse the oats in a blender to coarsely grind it.
2. In a bowl, mix oats, salt and cardamom powder well. Sprinkle water little by little over the oats mix and mix well with hands. When you add water, note the below point.
Note: The amount of water added to the oats mix is very important for the puttu to come out well. Extra water would make the puttu very sticky and hard. Less water will not let the puttu to hold together. When you make a ball with the oats mix, the ball should retain its shape. So add only as much water as is required for the oats mix to hold together. The mix should be moist.
3. To make puttu, boil some water in the puttu pot. Meanwhile, layer the puttu kutti(cylindrical shaped mould). Put the perforated disc on the mould and add 1 tbsp grated coconut, then put the oats mix till the puttu kutti is half full. Add another tbsp of grated coconut. Fill the puttu kutti again with the oats mix. Again put a layer of grated coconut.
4. Close the lid of the puttu mould and fix it on the pot of boiling water. Since the water is already boiling, steam it only for 3-4 minutes. When you see the steam coming out from the lid of the mould, you know that your puttu is ready.
5. Open the lid and slowly slide the puttu onto a plate by pushing it with a skewer or something.

Serve with Kadala(Whole Bengal gram) curry or banana.

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