Chemba Puttu(Red Rice Puttu) | How to make Chemba Puttu(Red Rice Puttu)

By Jyothi Rajesh  |  25th Aug 2015  |  
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Chemba Puttu(Red Rice Puttu)by Jyothi Rajesh
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About Chemba Puttu(Red Rice Puttu) Recipe

Puttu is a traditional and most popular cylindrical steamed cake from Kerala. It is made using what we call 'puttu flour' which is made by soaking short grain rice(red rice or white rice) for 2-3 hours, dry it indoors and then grind it into flour in a flour grinding mill, blender or processor is usually not recommended to make this flour, but I do it some times and get good results even with the blender. Traditional Puttu is made by mixing slightly wet rice flour with grated coconut and sugar.

Chemba Puttu(Red Rice Puttu)

Ingredients to make Chemba Puttu(Red Rice Puttu)

  • Red rice puttu flour - 1 cup(about 300g)
  • water - few teaspoons
  • Grated fresh coconut - 1/2 cup
  • sugar - 4 tablespoons(or more)

How to make Chemba Puttu(Red Rice Puttu)

  1. 1. Place puttu flour in a bowl, add salt and a few teaspoons of water just to wet the flour. I added only 3 tspn of water.
  2. 2. Mix well with your fingers until the flour is very slightly wet and resembles a dry crumb. The flour should be crumbly and moist. There should be no lumps.
  3. 3. Let it rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile pour water in the puttu steamer and bring it to a boil.
  4. 4. Now into the cylindrical tube we will layer the puttu. First add little grated coconut, then sugar, then add fistful of puttu flour.
  5. 5. Top it with little grated coconut and sugar. You can make multiple smaller layers following the same pattern or make just 1 layer.
  6. 6. Once the water start boiling in the pot, cover the cylindrical tube with a lid and fix it on the pot. Steam it for about 15 minutes.
  7. 7. When you get a nice flavor of steamed puttu, switch off, remove the cylindrical tube/puttu kutty from the pot, open it and gently push the puttu out.
  8. 8. . Serve hot with kadala curry a traditional side dish for puttu

My Tip:

If using white rice puttu flour steam it for about 5-7 minutes.

Reviews for Chemba Puttu(Red Rice Puttu) (2)

Lavanya Polimera3 years ago

Putty means rice flour?
Priya Viju
2 years ago
no the dish is called puttu...there is so many varieties of puttu...we can make it with wheat flour, ragi flour, corn, white rice flour etc.....hope ur doubt is clear....:smiley:

Nandhu Krishnan3 years ago