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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

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36 thoughts on “The Malayali breakfast is considered to be the most healthy breakfast in the world – Here is the reason

  1. Hi,
    I don’t want to write this, but you left me no choice.
    Ever heard of a spell-check? Use it regularly!!
    What a misleading title.. What about nutritional facts? Do you have calorie content mentioned about this breakfast item you posted about.

  2. Non veg combo with pattu also rocks. Pattu with beef curry is an awesome combination. Calicut paragon hotel got that combo.

  3. Puttu is ma fav dish among all…. I like it eating with chicken curry, fish curry, egg masala, etc…. Chocalate puttu is also very yummy.

  4. Everybody likes Puttu when mixed with banana, and its tasty too. But remember when you have it mixed together and eat, you may feel acidity and heartburn, as this combination is incompatible ( Virudha-ahar).
    They may lead to toxemia and to certain digestive disorders.
    Better eat banana before or after eating puttu.

  5. Puttu is nowhere listed as one amoung the best breakfast in the world. Dosa is the only one from south india listed as one of the best breakfast in the world and as one of the greated inventions in the food.

    1. is the best i agree but its the least healthiest, especially ghee roast.
      Puttu and idli is the healthiest indian foods recommended by doctors for patients admitted in hospitals.

  6. In the suburbs of Toronto we found a Srilankan fast food place with puttoo!! Most amAzing puttoo seasoned with curry leaves dried red chillies and other spices. To be eaten steaming hot ( microwave with a few doupspoons of water)
    Can be sweetened with coconut ill or chickpea curry.

  7. Considered to be the most healthy BF but where isbthe reason???!
    I love puttu no matter what but since its made from rice, I was kinda limited the same. So by seeing the headline I thought I could get some details to choose over other BF items but I couldnt find anything thats why I have commented.

  8. If I’m not wrong, scientifically it is not good to eat ‘puttu’ with banana. Puttu with ‘cherupayar & pappadam’ or any curry is good to the health. Because if we eat puttu with any kind of fruits, the kind of enzymes produce from our body will be different. Hence if you notice, always we feel acidity after having this combination. If I am wrong or any other informations, please let me know dear friends

  9. “Bamboo shoots or half cut coconut shells were used in olden days.”
    🙂 it’s not bamboo shoots; bamboo stems. sections of it were once used tightly wound with coir.

  10. Good to know puttu is healthy,,but it is originated from Tamil Nadu where still it is a custom to make puttu during “puberty”,, I would suggest the author to verify and write,, I am also Malayali from Kannur,,we can’t deny that all South Indian languages evolved from Tamil,,

    1. Hi Joysee, We never said it originated from Kerala, Its liked by many in Kerala and available everywhere in Kerala. Its a fond breakfast item for Malayali that is what we intended to convey.

  11. If Malayali breakfast is the healthiest breakfast in the world,why doctor’s don’t advise to patients?
    Instead they say give Idli,kichdi and ganji.!!?

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