Motta (Egg) Puttu

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Motta (Egg) Puttu

Malayalees’ love for puttu ( steamed rice cake) is well known. This is one of the most preferred breakfast items in Kerala. Though this is a common item in any Kerala household, for us it wasn’t. It’s been 4 years since I’ve started my cooking experiments, but puttu made a very late entry into my menu and the reason…Jose doesn’t fancy puttu and he has his reasons too.

He says he had enough puttu to last for  a lifetime during his hostel days :).  I guess they served him some rock hard puttu with banana in hostel hhmm…. Ever since, he’s declared his non alignment movement with puttu and I was too lazy to make it for myself.

Then a miracle happened recently…last time when we went to Kerala, during one of our visits to friend’s /relatives place, he didn’t have a choice but  to eat puttu and after having that he had 1/4th of a mind to have it again! I was so happy and excited!!

Thus puttu made a grand entrance to our menu :). Few days back, my cousin sis passed me Tesschechy’s (my aunt)  recipe for motta puttu. I was sure that motta puttu will improve the rating of puttu (in general)  in Jose’s preferred dish chart and yes it did :)

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Here is the recipe:

For Puttu

  1. Puttu Podi – 2 cups
  2. Grated Coconut – 3/4 to 1 cup
  3. Water – 1/2 – 3/4 cup
    Salt

For Egg Masala

  1. Eggs – 4
  2. Onion – 1 medium
    Tomato – 1 medium
    Ginger & garlic – 1/2 tsp chopped
  3. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
    Chili powder – 1/2 tsp
    Coriander powder – 1/2 heaped tsp
  4. Salt
    Pepper

For Egg Masala

Add salt & pepper to eggs & beat well. Heat oil in a pan and make scrambled eggs. Keep it aside. In the same pan, add some more oil and add chopped onion. Once it becomes soft, add chopped ginger & garlic. Stir for a few minutes. Add the masala powders & fry for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped tomato and salt. Mix well. Add a little water (around 2-3 tbsp) to make it a bit pasty. Note that it should not be too watery or too dry. Add scrambled eggs & mix well. Cook for one more minute and remove from fire.

For Puttu

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.

Filling the puttu kutti (mould/maker)

Put one tbsp of coconut as the first layer. Add 2 tbsp of egg 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 banana or 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 (this is a tip given by tesschechy, my aunt).

Update: If you’ve some leftover bread and dont know what to do..check out Vidya’s comment for this post!!

Check Annita’s Puttu here.

This is chicken puttu, made by Shruti, one of MariasMenu reader’s, based on the above recipe. It looks great, right? Thanks dear :)


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  • http://varshaspaceblog.blogspot.com varsha

    ahhh..’motta’ puttu sounds n looks soo good da..Like Jose,me too have had enuf bad experiences with Peeranki Unda Puttu(thats how we called it the) during hostel days..But my mom Puttu with divine kadala curry was enough to nullify it n resume my love story with puttu..This looks yum like ‘erachi puttu’ n Il soon try this..:)

  • http://divyascookbook.blogspot.com Divya

    Maria..you sure seem to be a motta fan..;-).Puttu is a regular in our house,Sunday mornings are puttu mornings and we have to have kadala curry as an accompaniment.I sure dont like it when it is served with just banana and sugar[like some of my friends seem to do].Otherwise,I can have puttu day in and day out!!Motta puttu sounds quite easy and try-able.Shall make it for hubby!!

  • http://yum-world.blogspot.com/ Divz

    maria..thats new to me… looks really delicious.. and there is no need to make any curry like kadala or payar..

  • http://www.kenneyjacob.com Kenney

    The pics are lovely. My mouth has started watering….

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Kenney and thanks a lot for dropping in :)

  • Asha

    I had the same aversion as Jose.. Had enough of puttu during all my hostel days. But my husband just loves his puttu. Over time I have realized that what they served in the hostel was not puttu – just named that!!
    Now I also enjoy puttu.
    This is such a good variation. Have to try it this way. My kids like it whith ghee and sugar. We like it with something spicy – like kadala curry, meen char etc etc
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Asha

      Its very difficult to have puttu, if its not moist. I remember having puttu with ghee n sugar during my childhood days :). Btw, puttu with meen chaar is a new combo to me , will try it sometime.

      Please try this one, hope your family will like it.

  • http://ammuscanvas.blogspot.com/ ammu

    aaha..the pic looks lovely..this pic caught my eye in the orkut community side..[which is an achievement]..and u sure do knw tht how much ever i eat motta n puttu..it still catches my eye n makes me drool anytime..and hey i make motta puttu with egg roast..so as to compensate for the less amount of motta ..he he

  • http://mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/ Happy Cook

    I love puttu, but hubby and daughter dislike it, hubby even calls puttu bomb ;-)
    So i have never made puttu myself, always had them at home, this looks so so delicious.

  • http://vishnucooks.blogspot.com Priya Sriram

    That a very delicious looking puttu Maria! Picture is so inviting… I’ve had puttu in my hostel days too… but was a delicious one! :)

  • http://spiceandrice.blogspot.com/ MR

    ALWAYS HAD BOTH PUTTU AND EGG CURRY SEPARATE.
    THIS IS INTERESTING!!
    MY LUV FOR PUTTU STILL STRONG

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Varsha – I liked the peeranki unda puttu prayogam, good one :) You can call this a veg version of erachi puttu ;) , try this, hope you will like it.

    Divya – hhmm I thnk am slowly getting converted to a motta fan ;) please do try it on one of yur putu mornings :)

    Thanks divz :)

    Ammu, thank you, pinne motta roast n motta puttu, isnt it a too much of motta my dear ;)??

    Thanks HC – I liked the name puttu bomb :)

    Thanks Priya, I think you are really luck to get delicious puttu in hostels!!

    MR – this is like puttu end egg curry combined into one :)

  • http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3244/2729305990_f5e63cf22c_o.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.mariasmenu.com/spicy/meen-vevichathu-fish-currykottayam-style&usg=__l Diya

    This is really nice.. Never seen this before. I am surely going to try this one.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Diya

      Thanks for visiting the blog. Please do try this and let me know. Hope you will like it.

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      maria

  • http://swaadu.blogspot.com/ Mia

    havent heard about this variety of puttu ever..loved this recipe and will surely try..

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Thanks Mia, for dropping in. Please give it a try, am sure you will like it :)

  • Vidya

    Thanks Maria for such a delicious site :P

    hey u can replace bread crumbs with rice flour n try out this same recipe.

    Using a mixer, powder bread slices after removing its sides and fill tat in a puttukutti with this egg masala in between.try out :)

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Vidya

      Thanks for your sweet words and also for sharing a wonderful tip!!

      I’ve some left over brown bread with me, I will give it a try :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • sameerkormath

    hi maria,
    today, my first day in ur blog,i found “motta puttu” and i am going to make it tonight for our dinner.me, working in Saudi and living with my friends.today my chance in our schedule for cooking and i was searching something new in net and find u.i will be regular visitor . i hope in the holy month of Ramadan i can find some malabari muslim menu from here.thanks and regards.

  • sameerkormath

    hi maria,
    thanx for ur kind replay.motta puttu was sooooper.tomorrow we will make unnakkaya (insha Allah).actually i am looking for some snacks for iftar, that NON OILY(too much).can you suggest something ? please….

    THANKS AND REGARDS

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sameer

      Very happy to hear that motta puttu came out well.
      I will try to post some non oily dishes for ramdan.

      Anyways, you please check out this link:

      http://shabscuisine.blogspot.com/

      There are many malabar style dishes in that blog. Hope you find it interesting.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • sameerkormath

    Hi Maria,
    thanks again for suggesting another beautiful blog.and i wondered when you suggesting your competitor (?) to me.your kindness is appreciated.i found something nice that what was i looking for.thanks.
    but i didn’t find anywhere, the malappuram special cheerayila or muringayila thaalippu in kanjiwellam that most commonly using curry for supper in Ramadan for avoiding strong masalas.
    Regards.
    Sameerkormath

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sameer

      Happy to hear that you find that link useful, btw there is no competition and all :)

      Regarding the muringayilla thaalippu, am hearing it for the first time. Hope you will get the recipe soon :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.perfectpeninsula.com Tamilarasi

    I was so fascinated by your recipe and the pictures and I did not have a puttu maker.

    I tried on the idli plate , it turn out to be dry ! So I looked online and found
    http://www.perfectpeninsula.com where I bought my Puttu maker attachment that fit to any pressure cooker.

    The rice flour puttu came out so good and my kids enjoyed. I made it with Kadala kolambu and it tasted great . I am yet to try with mutton stew.

    I also made Ragi puttu yesterday and it was too good with sugar, coconut and ghee.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Tamilarasi

      Thanks for trying out this recipe. Very happy to know that you enjoyed it. Try it with mutton or veg stew, its great! Hope your kids will like that too :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • saranya

    Maria,
    motta puttu is suprb
    cant u try this motta putta in anothr way?? instead of mutta, beef ularthiyathu will do.. the same beef ularthiyathu in ur recipe..
    but the beef shud be choped..

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi saranya

      Yes you can make it with beef also, that’s nice too. As you’ve written the beef should be chopped finely or else you can make with minced beef too.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • jameela

    hi maria our favorite hood puttu.i have tried irachi putu.but i didn,t like .since i love eggs i think this willbe a hit puttuwithkadala,meencharu ,better still previous meencharu is superb.adding bread is a good idea,left overputtu can be turned in to uppuma.make scramble eggs with onion chillies tomato curryleave s and add to it roughly powdered puttu and mix.uppuma is ready.eat with pappadam

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Jameela

      If you like eggs, am sure you will like this. Please do try it, its definitely worth trying.

      Thanks for sharing the tip of making upma with puttu, it sounds easy & tasty :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Reshma Madhu

    hai maria,

    i think u are busy now a days…nothing new posts..im waiting for your new dishes recipes…

    reshma

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Reshma

      How are you?

      Btw, am posting new recipes. I try my best to post once in a week. But sometimes it doesnt happen.

      Anyways, thanks for asking dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Priscilla Alanis

    Im making some puttu now but dont know the consistancy to look for. Is it like a tamale or polenta? Thanks

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Priscilla,

      I havent had both the dishes you mentioned. However I did a google search and read about it. I think puttu is different from both the dishes.

      Puttu dough mixture actually resembles bread crumbs, that’s the closest I can think of. Hope this helps…

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Priscilla Alanis

        @Maria, thank you so much for your reply. My first try, the puttu fell apart. So I went back and added more water to rice flour. Second one was better and had the consistency of crumbly bread but still held together. I dont know what makes a good puttu? Is it like bread (cornbread) or like sponge cake?

        • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

          Hi Priscilla,

          Puttu generally has a soft crumbly texture and since we use rice powder, it has a bit sticky texture too because of the starch content in rice powder.

          From your description, I guess the second attempt came pretty close to the real puttu :)

          Please check out the links below, its from my cousin’s blog. She has explained in detail about puttu. Hope its useful.

          http://deepann.wordpress.com/2006/03/17/129/
          http://deepann.wordpress.com/2006/06/23/bamboo-puttu/

          Cheers
          Maria

    • RYHANATH M I
  • shruthi

    maria..im trying this today but wid chicken…i wz thinking wat 4 dinner(my hubby doesnt hav time 4 an elaborate breakfst so v both hav our fav BF 4 dinner instead)..thts wen i saw dis,yestr ngt my hubby wz lookin for a kerala cuisine restaurant n he wantd 2 hav this puttu beef! bt unluckily he didnt gt it..n 2dei wen i saw dis,i ran 4 d fone,calld up a grocery,bought chicken,and nw im half way done!
    thanx maria..nw 2day my hubby s gonna love his dinner!!
    love u!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Shruthi,

      How was your chicken puttu? Hope your hubby liked it :)

      Even I want to try it with meat, I’m planning to make it with beef ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

      • shruthi

        @Maria,
        it really went gud!and he loved it.i this beef also wrks!

        • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

          Hi Shruthi,

          Nice t know that it came out well :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Mini Alex

    Hi Maria,
    Could you pls recommend me the best combination for egg puttu,or is it the egg gravy enough to relish this mouth watering puttu?Thanks for sharing this delicious receipe.
    Mini

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Mini

      We had this puttu with nadan beef curry. It’s recipe is posted here. You can also have it with egg roast.

      Sorry for the delayed reply. Hope you enjoyed this dish.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Neethu

    Hi chechi

    Can you please suggest me some breakfast items ???

    i am working and evry morning i prep uppuma,idiappam ,idli,dosa ,puttu only…give me some more items list and recipes

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Neethu,

      Please check out the following recipes:

      Vegetable omelet

      Simple pancake

      Kozhukatta

      Chicken sandwich ( filling cane be prepared in advance & stored in fridge)

      Egg Sandwich ( filling cane be prepared in advance & stored in fridge)

      Palappam

      Kallappam

      Stuffed chicken buns ( you ca prepare this on a Sunday & store in fridge for 2-3 days)

      Hope this helps…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ammu

    Hi..
    Egg puttu .. hmm.. sounds gud.. I wil give a try for sure. I have made erachi puttu (with both beef and chicken) and also meen peera puttu ( with chooda/netholi peera pattichathu). puttu with meen and beef was a hit.. my husband liked it.. So i will give a try with eggs also…
    Love
    Ammu

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Ammu,

      Thanks :)

      Though I’m familiar with erachi puttu, meen puttu is new to me. Sounds nice.

      Please try out the egg puttu n see, hope you like it..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shobha

    Hi Maria,

    I was just looking for new kind of breakfast, but u know i dint think of any other sites, i directly opened Marias Menu, the reason behind is the recipe of your Fish molly, i tried in lot of sites but found urs very intresting,and it really tasted so well that my son still keep telling about it. This combination of motta and puttu looks great, let me give a try in morning. For working ladies like me this is helpful as it consumes little time than that of making extra curry for puttu. Thanks Lol, expecting more nice breakfast menus.

    wtih love

    shobha

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Shobha

      I’m so flattered ;) Thanks for your lovely comment dear. Its great to know that the fish molly came out well for you. Its one of my all time fav dishes :) I’m glad that your son liked it.

      Btw, did you try this puttu? Hope you liked it. As you said it’s a good breakfast dish for working women, its 2 in 1 right :)?

      Also check out the kallappam, upma, vegetable omelet, simple pancake recipes…Hope you find it interesting!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Naj_luvlife

    hi maria….can u suggest me which curry will go for this mutta puttu?planning to make this for dinner…im sure it will be good..and hey can u plsssss post idli recipe with the water measurements…i will soooooooo grateful to you…hope its not a silly question….n i hope u will help me…
    keep up the good effort….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Naj,

      I’m sorry that the comment is a bit delayed. You can serve this motta puttu with any gravy of your choice, veg or non veg. However we have it with some non veg gravy.

      I’ll try to post the idli recipe sometime n dont worry its not a silly question at all my dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Chtra

    hi maria…….i liked the variation u made in puttu preparation……let me tell u my style i recently did……cut the kerala long special banana(netraparam) into small pcs and add it after grated coconut…..and steam ……….my husband loved it …….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Chitra for sharing your version here. It sure sounds yum!

      Cheers
      Maria

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  • Bindhu

    hi chechi
      can u suggest me to some curries suitable for rice

    bindhu

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Bindhu,

      Please go through the different categories on the site. You can find a variety of veg and non veg side dish recipes there. Hope you find something interesting!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ashish

    How I can make veg Puttu ?

    Regards

    Ashish

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      hhmm, You can saute some of the veggies like carrot, cabbage, beans etc and season it with salt and pepper. Then proceed just like the motta puttu, but instead of motta filling, you can put veggie filling.

      Hope this helps..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • RYHANATH M I

    Thanks for this new variety of Puttu idea. I will try this Maria.
    http://www.DineTable.com

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome :) Hope you will like this new variety..

      Cheers
      Maria

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  • http://www.facebook.com/prernavasnani Prerna Vasnani

    Hi Maria..Can i use the brown puttu powder instead? this looks Just yummm…i love Puttu, and egg puttu sounds osm!! I wanna try asap! thanks!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/prernavasnani Prerna Vasnani

    Hi Maria..Can i use the brown puttu powder instead? this looks Just yummm…i love Puttu, and egg puttu sounds osm!! I wanna try asap! thanks!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Yep Prerna, you can use brown puttu podi :) I do hope you got to try this and like it too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • princy

    hai maria,whenever i make puttu it goes flope,when i place the puttu in puttukudam and steam also comes out but when i look it is not cooked properly, why this happens.once i keep the puttu podi in mixy and when i take out there r more lumps, is it bcoz i use more water, plz help me

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Princy,

      Though Puttu is a simple thing to make, it can be tricky at times. The texture will be affected if the qty of water is not right. The water qty varies depending on the podi you use.

      There is a one tip to know, whether the water qty is right. Just try to make a small ball with the puttu podi and if it doesnt break, it means it’s ready. After you steam water in puttu kodam, place the puttu kutti and steam for 5-7 mins, om medium-high flame. Remove from fire and keep it closed for another 4-5 mins. Then remove it from puttu kutti. Hope this helps..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Princy,

      Though Puttu is a simple thing to make, it can be tricky at times. The texture will be affected if the qty of water is not right. The water qty varies depending on the podi you use.

      There is a one tip to know, whether the water qty is right. Just try to make a small ball with the puttu podi and if it doesnt break, it means it’s ready. After you steam water in puttu kodam, place the puttu kutti and steam for 5-7 mins, om medium-high flame. Remove from fire and keep it closed for another 4-5 mins. Then remove it from puttu kutti. Hope this helps..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • kanya

    looks yummy !!today am gonna try this.. :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Kanya :) Thanks for letting me know baout the feedback through FB and also for sharing the pic..