Puttu is something that we call “Malayali’s Own Breakfast”, a traditional Kerala breakfast item that you find everywhere in Kerala. Puttu goes in combination with a variety of accompaniments. People here eat with their hands, they squeeze and crush bananas and mix it with Puttu, which is the most common combination. This steamed cake is so healthy that, it is listed among the best breakfasts in the world.
You could find the recipe for puttu all across the web, but before you head for it, you need to make sure that you have the right utensils for its preparation. Puttu is prepared in a “Puttu kutti” – A cylindrical tube fixed atop a utensil that passes steam by boiling water. Bamboo shoots or half cut coconut shells were used in olden days. Shredded coconut is spread or mixed with the flour for taste. The traditional way is to steam the flour in a half coconut shell, which is called “Cheratta Puttu”
You could find many varieties of rice in Kerala, both white and dark. The color and taste of the Puttu depend on the rice flour used. And the shape depends on whether it is cooked in a “Kutti” or “Cheratta”. One highlight of Puttu is that it goes with any accompaniment, it is almost like rice. It goes with almost all types of curries, the question is whether you like it or not?. But what you commonly see is Banana or “Kadala curry” which is dark gram curry and Pappadam. Try it on your next visit to Kerala.
The sole reason as to why it is considered to be a very healthy breakfast is primarily because it is a steamed preparation with the absence of oil. secondly, Puttu along with its accompaniments make it a carbohydrate and protein rich diet that makes you active throughout the day.
Written by Benjamin John