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Puttu - Sweet'n'Healthy

Puttu has always been my son's favorite breakfast. So I keep looking for ways to make it healthier. Substituting white rice flour with red rice flour or even with Ragi flour, wheat flour or oats was good enough. Today I tried to make it sweeter and healthier.

Rice flour - 1/2 cup (I used red rice flour, roasted)
Oats - 3/4 cup
Mixed nuts -1/2 cup (I used alomonds and walnuts)
Dates - 2
Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
Boiling water ~ 1/4 cup
Salt - as per taste

1. Grind the nuts and dates together into coarse powder.
2. Mix rice flour, salt and boiling water without lumps.
3. Add oats, ground nuts and keep covered till you are ready to make Puttu.
4. Fill Puttu maker with handfuls of the flour-nut mixture separated by a thin layer of coconut. (If you don't have a puttu maker, just use any steamer lined with wet cloth or banana leaf)
5. Steam for 5 minutes.
6. Serve hot with banana. Tastes great just like that too.

Whole Wheat Puttu

Another Variation as shown in the picture is made with whole wheat flour:

1. Roast the wheat flour on medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
2. To make puttu, wet the wheat flour with warm water without any lumps. Wet enough to hold it together you should not make a dough.
3. Fill Puttu maker with handfuls of the wet wheat flour separated by a thin layer of coconut. (If you don't have a puttu maker, just use any steamer lined with wet cloth or banana leaf)
4. Steam for 5 minutes.

Black Rice Puttu:

Black rice -1 cup
Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
Warm water ~ 1/2 cup
Salt - as per taste

1. Soak the black rice for 5-6 hours
2. Drain the water and spread on a clean cloth to completely remove excess moisture.
4. Grind into flour using any dry grinder - you don't need to make too fine powder.
3. Roast the rice powder on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. You can keep this stored for a few days or use it make puttu immediately.
5. To make puttu, wet the rice powder with warm water without any lumps. Wet just enough to hold it together you should not make a dough.
6. Fill Puttu maker with handfuls of the wet rice powder separated by a thin layer of coconut. (If you don't have a puttu maker, just use any steamer lined with wet cloth or banana leaf). You can also use coconut shells and steam it over the pressure cooker steam vent.
7. Steam for 5 minutes.
8. Serve hot with banana or Kerala kadala curry.

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