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Poutou (Puttu)
(Steam ground rice cakes)

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  1. 2 cups raw rice
  2. 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon elaichi powder
  5. 2 flush teaspoons salt
  6. 1/2 cup hot water to sprinkle

poutou tube

poutou rice flour cakes

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  1. Soak the rice for three hours. Leave on a tea towel or in a strainer and allow to drain. When dry, grind in a mixer into a fine powder.
  2. Heat the powder over low heat in a pan for 5 minutes and keep stirring to stop it from burning. Allow to cool.
  3. Add the salt to the hot water and mix well.
  4. Sprinkle the hot water into the rice powder and gently fold in the rice (don't add too much water). Make sure that the rice is still in powder form and not dough. Watch video.
  5. Mix the shredded coconut with the sugar and elaichi powder.
  6. Now add a layer of shredded coconut mix in the poutou maker and then add the wet rice powder in stages, alternating with the shredded coconut layers. Used one quarter of the wet ground flour and shredded coconut for each layer. This is done till you reach the top of the poutou maker.
  7. Close the lid and steam for 5-8 minutes or until cooked.
Alternative Steamer/Microwave Recipe    


  1. 2 cups coarse rice/puttu flour
    (You can buy puttu flour from Indian shops)
  2. 3/4 cup grated coconut
  3. 1/2 cup white sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. Water as required
  1. Dry roast the rice flour in a pan for 2-3 minutes. Take care not to burn the flour. If puttu flour is used, this roasting step is not necessary.
  2. Add the grated coconut, salt and sugar to the rice or puttu flour. Mix well. Add water in little steps and mix using the fingers, until a crumbly mix is obtained. To check if the right amount of water is added, take some mixture in your hand and clasp it within the palm. If the mixture holds together, it has the right consistency. If it is still powdery and falls off, add some more water. If too watery, add some flour.
  3. Using small cake moulds, fill with the puttu pastry using your fingers, press into the mould so that the particles are tightly held together.
  4. Invert the mould and tap slightly. The mixture should come out easily.
  5. With care, transfer the shaped puttu into a steamer.
  6. If using a microwave steamer, steam for 3 minutes.
  7. If using a stove top steamer, steam for 5 minutes.
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