Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Kezhvaragu Puttu / Ragi flour puttu - Made in rice cooker - Blogging Marathon # 27

   Today is the third day of blogging marathon .Under the theme "Occasions", today I am going to post a healthy snack "Ragi puttu ".This is an important dish, which is served at a particular occasion. It is called "Manjal neerattu Vizha " or a function ,which is celebrated to girls who attains puberty.T his is very important function for Tamilians. In older days, this function is celebrated to inform to the relatives, that the girl is ready for marriage. But this custom is not celebrated very grandly now a days. The reason why ragi puttu is prepared at this occasion, is the girl should have nutritious food .So she is served with ragi puttu, ulundhu kali  along with normal food. So introduce these kind of healthy snacks for kids and avoid fatty items. My mom used to give these kind of  healthy snacks ,when we come home after school.My mom used to prepare this in idli cooker.But I came to know ,the idea of steaming puttu in rice cooker came after Saras made rice puttu in the rice cooker.

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Ingredients:
1.Ragi flour                    -              1 cup
2.Water                           -              2 to 3 tbsp.
3.Salt                               -              1/4 tsp
4.Sugar                            -              2 tbsp.
5.Grated coconut             -              1/4 cup
6.Crushed cardamom       -              a pinch


Method:
* Take a muslin cloth or dhoti piece ,wash it well .Take the container of the rice cooker and add 2 cups of water to it. Take the vegetable steamer ,place the wet dhoti over it like in the picture.

 
* Take the ragi flour and spread it on the wet cloth as in picture.Spread it evenly .We are going to steam the raw ragi flour.The reason for this is, when we cook the  raw flour, then the puttu will not have lumps.So this step is important .
* Cover the flour well,so that the flour is covered fully. There should not be any gap. Close the rice cooker .Press the steam button and steam it.
                                                    
                      * Steam the flour for 5 minutes .My rice cooker has steam setting for 5 minutes. But if you have some other rice cooker,just check the clock for steaming.

 
 
* When the flour is steamed,transfer it to another bowl.Take a cup,add 3 tbsp. of water and salt together.Now slowly add the water drop by drop. Mix the flour well,so that it does not have any lump.
* After adding water,we can check the consistency of the flour ,by taking it in hand.When we press it ,it should form shape as it is shown in picture.
 
* Now when we press it ,the flour should crumble again ,without any lumps.This is the right consistency.Now our flour is ready to get steamed .Steam the flour for 10 minutes ,by placing it on the muslin cloth again.
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* After 10 minutes,the puttu is ready.If we are going to steam the puttu in idli maker, then add water to the container ,take the idli plate and place the dhoti ,which contains ragi flour,on it. Then steam for 10 minutes.Mix it with a spoon
 
* Take the puttu in a wide plate,add melted ghee.
 
* Add enough coconut flakes to the puttu and mix it with the ghee.Add sugar and cardamom pwdr, according to our taste.
 
* Serve it hot with banana or kadalai curry.


Kids will surely enjoy these healthy treats.My mom used to feed these and now we are feeding it to our kids.Hope this culture continuous throught our generation.
 


37 comments:

Veena Theagarajan said...

healthy puttu.. My fav too

Shanavi said...

This reminds me of my childhood days spent with my paati..Clicks r good..Keep up..

Akila said...

Very healthy one.. Love the idea of steaming in rice cooker..
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Saras said...

Healthy and filling puttu..

Kalpana Sareesh said...

its been ages i has this puttu..too good

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vaishali sabnani said...

I had puttu some eight years back in Kerala and even got the puttu maker, never knew it can be made otherwise too.

Priya Suresh said...

Yeah as u told, we are keeping urselves from most of our traditional occasions, but i didnt missed it..We planned everything and celebrated my daughter's puberty function in India.

Healthy and nutritious puttu, thats a brilliant idea to make this puttu with rice cooker.

Nilu A said...

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Rajani S said...

Healthy recipe, and a new one too for me.

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Even i have some left overs, sitting in my shelf... Thanks for this post... Bookmarked !
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Suchi Sm said...

It's Healthy addition.... NIce of ur stepwise clicks....

Srivalli said...

Love your pictures, they have turned out so clear and neat!..and making with ragi is so healthy..

Corporate to Kitchen said...

Thats a really nice & healthy puttu

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow i had this last weekend,tempted now to have rite now:) very healthy puttu...

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ANU said...

wow awesome dear....i too like this puttu...but didn't knw that i can cook it in rice cooker too...sounds easier....luv it...thanks for sharing...nice click...
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The Pumpkin Farm said...

a new recipe for me, though it seems laborious i am sure the end result must be yumm

Manjula Bharath said...

wow healthy puttu .. you have explained it so well dear :) lovely clicks too :)

divya said...

Wow..very healthy n yummy...

DivyaGCP said...

Healthy and delicious puttu..

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Sounds interesting, never had it though!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

very healthy puttu! I remember that dreaded function when this was a must have. I like the healthy twist to it. Also love the way you are steaming it in a rice cooker. Will follow your method and try this.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Delicious and nutritious puttu. Looks great...

Julie said...

looks too tempting n healthy!!

Archana Potdar said...

looks so tempting and its so healthy. Does it have to be made sweet only?

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Healthy puttu,nice clicks and awesome presentation with cute props..

Suma Gandlur said...

We use the sprouted and powdered ragi directly to make this. In absence of that, this steamed version sounds good.

Pallavi Purani said...

Such a nice DIY :) Love the pictures.

Manju said...

Good and healthy puttu haven't tried in Ragi flour, love the rice cooker version.

Foodiliciousnan said...

I've had puttu with kadalai curry at a Mallu friends place once and simply loved it. Making it with ragi flour is even healthier. The pics look very good and your cups and the tray are so cute

Preeti Garg said...

very healthy meal

Padmajha PJ said...

Wheat puttu is my fav. Got to try this one.I use the puttu stand.Will try this version too.Nice clicks :)

Nisha Sundar said...

Very delicious and a healthy recipe. Beautifully presented.

veena krishnakumar said...

Such a healthy dish...Reminds me of my childhood

Pavani N said...

Healthy puttu recipe.

Anonymous said...

"The reason why ragi puttu is prepared at this occasion, is the girl should have nutritious food .So she is served with ragi puttu, ulundhu kali along with normal food."

to prepare for the regular monthly cycle times, and to gain strength again after, what should females eat?

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