Erachi Puttu

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Erachi Puttu

Are you a breakfast person? By breakfast I mean a proper breakfast and not just a glass of milk or an apple. I’m very much a breakfast person. I need to eat something heavy in the morning to have a proper start to my day. It’s been like that from my childhood days.

Even during school/college days , I didnt mind getting up early, to have breakfast on time. That reminds me…  my Amma never had a tough time with both, my brother and myself, when it came to food. Her policy was this..  if you are hungry you’ll eat the food no matter what it is or how it is. Somehow that policy worked well with us. We were never forced to eat, actually on the contrary we were asked not to eat too much ;)

So coming back to breakfast… These days I prefer a long breakfast outside, to a  lunch or dinner. I can eat all I want and not worry about stuffing up myself, since the whole day is left to burn out the calories ;)

Some of my all time favourite dishes are also breakfast items, like Appam and Stew or Puttu and Chicken Mappas. In this recipe I’ve combined two things which I like best, Puttu and Beef :) If you like these two items, I’ve only one thing to say “Make it already!”

We had it just like that without any side dish, but I think Veg Stew is a good choice for this, if you prefer a side dish.

Step by step pics..

Add salt to the puttu podi and mix well. Add water little by little till the powder becomes moist/wet. Add half of the grated coconut to this & mix well. If too much of lumps is formed just run it in your blender/food processor for a few seconds. Keep aside the puttu mix for 10 minutes…Step 1

Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions. When it turns golden brown, add chopped tomato and salt. Cook till the tomato becomes soft…

Step 2

Add crushed pepper and garam masala. Mix well. Add shredded or minced meat and mix well…

Step 3Add around 1/4 cup of hot water, just to bring everything together. Cook till the water dries. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well…

Step 4

Put one tbsp of coconut as the first layer. Add 2 tbsp of meat masala as the second layer. The third layer should be 4-5 tbsp of puttu mix. Repeat the process, till the mould is filled. Make sure that the mould is not tightly packed. Cover the mould with the lid. Fill water in puttu kudam (pot). Place the puttu kutti on puttu kudam. Cook it on medium flame for around 5-7 minutes…

Step 5

Erachi Puttu
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • Puttu powder – 1.5 cups
  • Coconut – ½ – 1cup
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Cooked beef/chicken – 300 gms (refer notes)
  • Onion – 1 small, finely chopped
  • Tomato – 1 small, chopped
  • Garam masala – ¼ -1/2 tsp
  • Crushed pepper – ½ tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tsp, chopped
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil
Instructions
  1. For Puttu
  2. Add salt to the puttu podi and mix well. Add water little by little till the powder becomes moist/wet. Add half of the grated coconut to this & mix well. If too much of lumps is formed just run it in your blender/food processor for a few seconds. Keep aside the puttu mix for 10 minutes.
  3. For Meat Masala
  4. Shred or mince the cooked meat. Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions. When it turns golden brown, add chopped tomato and salt. Cook till the tomato becomes soft. Add crushed pepper and garam masala. Mix well. Add shredded or minced meat and mix well. Add around ¼ cup of hot water, just to bring everything together. Cook till the water dries. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  5. Filling the puttu kutti (mould/maker)
  6. Put one tbsp of coconut as the first layer. Add 2 tbsp of meat masala as the second layer. The third layer should be 4-5 tbsp of puttu mix. Repeat the process, till the mould is filled. Make sure that the mould is not tightly packed. Cover the mould with the lid. Fill water in puttu kudam (pot). Place the puttu kutti on puttu kudam. Cook it on medium flame for around 5-7 minutes. Serve hot/warm with curry of your choice.
Notes
To check the wetness/moistness of the puttu mix, just press the moistened/wet flour and see if they hold together. You can use any puttu podi for this, white, brown etc; I’ve used Samba wheat puttu podi here. You can increase or reduce the qty of coconut to suit your requirements. I had some left over of cooked beef which I made for beef fry. You can cook the beef with salt, chilli, coriander powder, garam masala, ginger and garlic. If you are using chicken, it’s better to use boneless chicken. If you dont have puttu maker, you can use Idli steamer to make this.

 

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  • Deepthi

    Hi Maria,

    thanks for the recipe…. just by reading ur recipe “Fill water in puttu kudam (pot). Place the puttu kutti on puttu kudam….” i remembered urvasi’s dialogue in “Achuvinte amma” movie…. “kadu vara kadu vara…. take vendakka…. cut cut cut…” :) juz kidding…
    but one thing i must tell you, i wanted to see that chirattaputtu pic also :(
    surely will try, but with chicken…. and did u add cooked meat?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      haha, jeevichu pokande my dear ;) Chiratta puttu pic didnt come out well, I mean I wasnt very happy with the lighting, that’s why…

      Yep, I used cooked meat, I’ve mentioned it in the recipe.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Priya

        hi maria
        what curry do you recommend to eat with this erachi puttu.

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Priya,

          You can try veg stew for this recipe. I’ve already mentioned it in the write up :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Deepthi

    Maria, I wont get the ready-made wheat puttu podi here. can i make it with normal chappathi atta? should i roast it in that case?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Deepthi,

      Usually puttu podi has a grainy texture compared to atta/appam podi. So I’m not sure how it will work out…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Bindu Mathews

    Turned out great. Everyone at home loved it. Thanks Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Bindu :)

  • Keerti Sudha

    maria what is puttu powder? can we make it at home? :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Keerti,

      Puttu podi is basically rice powder but it’s not smooth in texture. It has a granular texture than the normal rice powder.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

        About making it at home, I think you can but I’ve never tried it :((

        • Keerti Sudha

          will look for it in the store :). not sure it would be available in hyderabad :D