- Submitted by Dahlia
(Godhumai Puttu, கோதுமை புட்டு)
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Whole Wheat puttu is another healthy variation of Puttu, a steamed tiffin from South India. We have already shared the recipe of making puttu using store bought wheat flour or Atta. This is another option of making the flour at home.
The wheat berries are washed, dried, roasted and then powdered. This roasting adds a nice flavour to the final puttu. It is wholesome, healthy and also an aromatic dish. This flour can be prepared in bulk and stored for few months. If you have the flour ready, this putt can be made easily for breakfast, evening snack or for dinner.
Recipe for Wheat Puttu
Preparation time: 5 minutes (If flour is ready)
Cooking time: 15 minutes
- Whole Wheat Berries (Punjab Godhumai or Samba Godhumai) - 1 kg
To make Puttu
- Prepared Wheat Flour - 1.5 cups
- Grated coconut - about 1/2 cup
- Salt - as necessary
- Water - as necessary
- Wash the wheat berries nicely 2-3 times till the water runs clean.
- Spread it in a clean cloth and let it dry in sunlight. It will take some 2-3 days depending on the intensity of heat.
- After this, I like to dry roast the wheat berries in a kadai for about 5 minutes. This step is optional but it enhances the nutty flavour of wheat. The puttu made using this flour is very aromatic and tasty.
- Get the wheat powdered in a nearby flour mill. Spread the flour in a paper to cool a bit. Store in an airtight container. This stays fresh for upto 3 months.
- Take a mixing bowl, take around 1.5 cups of wheat flour. Add some salt to this.
- Sprinkle water little by little and mix with the flour.
- Keep adding water and mixing till all the flour becomes moist. If you feel the flour forms lumps, pulse it in the mixie a few times.
- To steam the puttu, first fill water in the bottom of the puttu maker and put it on the stove.
- Now let's start layering. First add 1-2 tbsp of grated coconut, followed by 5-6 tbsp of the prepared puttu flour. Add it loosely so that steam passes easily. Repeat with coconut layer and wheat flour layer till it reaches the top of the puttu kutty.
- Place this on the puttu kudam or the pressure cooker (depending on your model). Within few minutes, you can see steam coming through the top holes of the puttu kutty.
- Wait for another couple of minutes and switch off. You can smell the aroma of steamed wheat flour by now.
- Push out the steamed puttu using the stick that comes with the puttu maker. For small puttu makers, you just have to turn it upside down.
Serving Wheat Puttu
- Atta puttu can be enjoyed with banana, honey, white sugar or naatu chakarai for all those who have a sweet tooth.
- Those who love a spicy taste can have with kadala curry, Payaru (boiled green gram) and papad or egg kurma.
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