Steamed Ragi Powder – Ragi Kuzha Puttu

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raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Puttu is a a famous breakfast dish in Kerala and also some parts of Tamil Nadu. It is usually consumed with banana and sugar / jaggery.

Kuzha puttu is cooked in a vessel that looks like this.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

As this vessel is unlike any other vessel, my daughter was very enthusiastic about helping me cook this.

Ingredients

Puttu is usually made with rice flour. But Ragi is a healthier alternative especially for those with diabetes. The method of cooking is the same for rice flour and ragi flour.

Ragi flour / finger millet

Shredded coconut

Salt

Water

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Method

Take Ragi flour in a bowl and add quarter teaspoon of sale.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Add water little by little while stirring

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Add just enough water to make flour moist. This is how it should look. The flour should be semi moist and not sticking together or else it will not allow steam to pass through it.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

The floor will have clumps like this. Clumps will not allow the puttu to steam properly.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Pass it through a sieve

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Shred coconut. If you don’t have a coconut shredder, using the pulse mode of your blender, shred pieces of coconut. There won’t be any difference and this is the easiest method I know for shredding coconut.

On the left is shown coconut shredded using a hand held coconut shredder. On the right is the coconut that was shredded in mixie / blender.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Now the ingredients are ready.

The kuzha puttu vessel has 2 sections.

1. Pot in which water will be boiled.

2. The tube / pipe (hence the name Kuzha meaning pipe in Tamil) will hold the flour to be steamed.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

There is a perforated plate through which steam comes up from the pot to steam the flour.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Fill the pot with water and bring it to a boil.  We add coconut and flour as alternating layers in the tube. We start with coconut and end with coconut. Add a tablespoon full of coconut followed by 2 table spoons of flour.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Then repeat this process and top it off with a layer of coconut.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Close the cap and place this on the pot.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

The puttu starts cooking when the steam reaches to the top and you see  steam coming through the holes in the cap.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

After steam comes, continue to cook at medium heat for 10 minutes.

Now the puttu is ready. Use a long handled laddle to push the puttu out. Push on the side where we added the perforated plate.

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

Crumble the steamed tube of coconut and puttu, sprinkle some sugar. Enjoy healthy ragi kuzha puttu.

Kuzha puttu vessel is not mandatory for making puttu. Ragi flour can be steamed using regular kitchen vessels. Some days I also steam puttu in idli plates kept inside electric rice cooker / pressure cooker without weight (/whistle).

raggi kuzha puttu for diabetes - steamed ragi powder

 

 

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