How to make Kerala puttu soft ???

Puttu is a traditional and most popular breakfast dish of Kerala prepared with rice flour and coconut. Puttu is usually served with kadala curry or it is served with pazham (small yellow banana) and sugar. Puttu, Cherupayaru curry, pappadam is another great combination. 

1. The ingredients needed are as follows. Puttu flour- 2 cups,    Grated coconut- as needed,   Water -approximately 1 cup,    Salt needed and
   Puttu maker or idly steamer.

2. Buy raw rice specially sold for making puttu also called puttu arisi. Wash and soak rice for 4-5 hours. Wash again and drain the water completely. Spread it on a cloth for 20 to 25 minutes. Then get it ground in the flour mill when it is slightly wet. Then fry the flour on medium heat until it reaches a sandy consistency. Spread it to cool and then store in an airtight container. This is puttu mavu or puttu rice flour.

3. Take 2 cups of puttu flour in a bowl. Add a little salt. Add water little at the time and mix well with your finger tips. When you take a handful of flour and press it between your fists, it should hold its shape, when you press it again a little harder, it should crumble. That is the right consistency.

4. The flour should be crumbly and moist. There should be no lumps. You can blend it in a mixer   for 2-3 seconds using the wiper blade. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.

5. Layer the puttu kutty (cylindrical tube) first with a little grated coconut, and then add 2 fistful of puttu flour. Then again add grated coconut followed by puttu flour. Repeat the same process until the mould or puttu kutty is full ending it with grated coconut. Serve hot with kadala curry or payaru and pappadam or small yellow banana and sugar.

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