Ingredients (Makes 3 chiratta puttu)
1. Oats (plain old fashioned) – 1 cup
Water – As required
Salt – As required
2. Almond meal / flax meal / rice powder – 1 – 1.5 tbsp
3. Grated coconut – 1/2 – 3/4 cup
1. Fill a pressure cooker or puttu kudam with one-half water. Close with its lid and bring to a boil.
2. Coarsely powder the oats in the small jar of a blender and transfer to a large bowl. Mix around 1 cup water with enough salt. Sprinkle water on the oats podi and mix well with your fingers, until the oats becomes moist. Oats flour is sticky compared to rice flour so you can expect many lumps in the moistened oats. Add it to the small jar of a blender, add 1 tbsp rice flour / almond meal/ flax meal and pulse it a few times. Also for an extra taste, you can add some grated coconut.
2. Put the small steel plate with holes inside the puttu maker mould. Fill the puttu maker/mould with 1 – 2 tbsp grated coconut. Now add the oats powder ( just loosely fill it, do not press). Top with some more grated coconut and repeat until the mould is filled. The top layer should be that of grated coconut. Cover with the lid. Place it on top of the pressure cooker / puttu kudam when steam starts coming out. Steam cook for about 7 – 9 minutes or 4 –5 minutes if you are using chiratta puttu maker, until steam comes profusely through the small holes on top of the puttu maker lid. Take out the mould and invert it into a serving bowl / casserole. You can use a spoon / pappada kambi to push the puttu out of the puttu maker. It tastes best with kadala curry, spicy egg curry, cherupayar/ muthira curry, cherupayar and pappadam, pazham, ghee and pappadam, ethakka varattiyathu, sugar etc.
1. You can add 1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeerakam) and 1 – 2 finely chopped shallots while preparing the puttu mix, to give an extra taste and aroma to puttu.
2. If the puttu becomes dry over time, sprinkle some water and mix well with your fingers.