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Saturday, January 09, 2021

Banana Puttu Recipe | Kerala Ethakka Puttu | Nendrapazham Puttu

If you follow me on Instagram, you will surely know about my love for puttu. It is one of my most favourite breakfasts and to make it more interesting for others at home, I try different combinations. Recently, I found ethan pazham(Kerala Banana) in an Indian shop and I was very much excited since I saw it for the first time in Sydney. I grabbed some and my blogging mind started thinking for the recipes to try. I made this banana puttu, pazham pori and ghee roasted banana. The banana puttu turned out so delicious and we loved it very much. Let us move on to the recipe and do check out the other puttu variations that I had shared earlier in the below links:
Ingredients:
Nendrapazham - 2 (ethan pazham/kerala banana) 
Puttu Flour - 1 cup (Homemade or Ready made mix) 
Water - 1/4 cup 
Salt - as required 
Coconut - 1/2 cup (grated)
Method:
1. Mix the rice flour(puttu flour) with the salt. Sprinkle water little by little and mix it with your fingertips. The flour should be moist but it should be crumbly. If you take a little flour between your thumb, index finger and press it tightly, it should hold its shape. That is the correct consistency. 
2. Now peel and chop the banana into thin slices as shown below. Take the puttu mould and start with the layer of coconut and then arrange a layer of sliced banana pieces.
3.  Then add the prepared puttu flour. I used chirattai puttu maker, so I didn't add another layer. If you are using the regular puttu maker, you can alternate the coconut, banana and puttu flour till the end of the mould. Cover the mould with the lid. Fill water in pressure cooker/puttu kudam and boil the water. Then place the puttu maker on top of it. Cook it on the medium flame for around 5-7 minutes. 
Demould the puttu and serve it hot with pappadam and sugar or honey.
Points to remember:
  • Homemade Puttu Flour: To make puttu flour at home, wash and soak the raw rice for 4 to 5 hours. Then drain the water completely and dry it in a cloth for 20 mins. Grind it smoothly when it is slightly moist. Then dry roast the flour on a pan until nice aroma comes. The colour should be changed and the consistency should be similar to sand. Allow it to cool and store it in an airtight container. 
  • If lumps are formed while mixing the puttu flour, you can run it once in your blender to get smooth flour.
  • For more sweetened puttu, add a tblsp of sugar in the chopped banana slices and use it while layering the puttu.
  • If you don't own a puttu maker, then you can prepare it using a steamer and deep steel bowls or cups can be used as mould.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya

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