Brown Puttu and Potato stew

Puttu is a speciality of kerala cuisine and a favourite breakfast of keralites. It is served with kadala curry , cherupayar(Green gram)curry, potato stew, pappadam or boiled bananas. This is considered as an healthier breakfast as brown rice is rich in nutrients & vitamins.


  1. Brown rice flour(here I used nirapara chemba puttu flour)- 2 cups
  2. Grated coconut – 1 cup
  3. Salt
  4. Water


  1. Add salt to water and sprinkle the water little by little over the rice flour and mix with hand .The flour should be wet enough for we have to be very careful while adding water.
  2. For making puttu, i used a pressure cooker and puttu maker or puttu kutti which is cylindrical in shape.
  3. Fill the puttu maker with grated coconut first. then put rice flour followed by another handful of grated coconut.Repeat this until you fill the puttu maker.
  4. Heat the pressure cooker with sufficient water without placing the weight. Allow the steam to come through the nozzle.
  5. Then place the puttu maker on the steam nozzle of the cooker.cover it with a lid.When the steam comes out through the holes of the lid,wait for another 3-4 minutes and take out the puttu.Once it is done,you will get the aroma of the cooked puttu.
  6. Using a stick (stick comes with the puttu maker set) push out slowly from the bottom of the cylinder on to a plate.

Potato Stew (Potato Ishtu)


  1. Potato (cut into cubes)- 3
  2. Onion(chopped) – 2
  3. Green Chilly (cut lengthwise)-3
  4. Ginger – 1 inch piece
  5. Thick coconut milk – 1 cup
  6. Curry leaves – to garnish
  7. Salt


  1. Pressure cook potatoes, onion, green chilly and chopped ginger with sufficient amount of water.
  2. Add coconut milk,  mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Garnish with curry leaves.


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14 Responses

  1. sunita says:

    That looks like a wonderful breakfast…I’ve heard so much about puttu, but have never tasted it…is there any way to make it without the puttu maker?

  2. Bharathy says:

    Ahh ..chuvanna pachari puttum ,kizhangu stew vum..oru chooodu kaapiyum ..
    Perfect break fast!!!

    illa prajusha, I know the recipe of vattayappam that is different..I was talking abt vellayappam..I think it is totally a different recipe..has jeerakam and made as thick dosas..but fermented the same way as appam..not steamed up like vattayappam either.:)

  3. Daily Meals says:

    Prajusha! I have never tasted puttu, it looks inviting. Potato stew looks delicious. Does it go well with puttu?

  4. Sirisha Kilambi says:

    Hi Praju
    Thatz a nice yummm breakfast………And very healthful too….bookmarked dear 🙂

  5. seena says:

    is this chirattaputtu? I love puttu with fish curry. (and meat curries too)..It is really a wonderful dish..can eat sweet or

  6. Happy Cook says:

    Give them to me. I love them. At home it was always the white one. And when it was the brown one it was the wheat puttu.

  7. Kaykat says:

    Hmm … never eaten puttu, but now I’m curious to try it out. Wonder if I can make these with idli moulds? The potato stew looks delicious!

  8. prajusha says:

    chiratta puttu is prepared in coconut shell.

  9. prajusha says:

    yes u can make puttu in a iddli steamer.
    First spread the flour in the idli mould and steam the puttu.but the shape will be different:)

  10. prajusha says:

    puttu tastes great with potato stew.

  11. Viji says:

    Puttu and Stew are too good Prajusha. Viji

  12. Cynthia says:

    I think I would enjoy visiting Kerala and eating breakfast 🙂

  13. lissie says:

    prajusha, great combination i think! never tasted puttu with potato stew. i make puttu with chembau (brown rice) puttu podi.

  14. Preethy says:

    Prajusha…have u tried having puttu with tapioca stew….thats yummy too..

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