I checked my photo archives, and discovered a few pictures, not great, but post-able. So, here is one of them.
I am not very good at making Puttu, and after my daughter managed to break my Chiratta-Puttu mould, I mostly make puttu in my steamer, without the traditional Puttu Kutti, or a pressure cooker. I always get fresh homemade Puttu Podi (Puttu powder/ coarse rice powder used to make Puttu) from my mother.
To make Puttu, you will need:
Puttu powder/ Coarse rice flour - 2-3 cups
Grated Coconut - 1/2 - 1 cup, according to taste
Salt - 1/1 - 1 tsp, to taste
Water - about 1/2 - 3/4 cup - warm, for the correct consistency
Method (in a steamer):
- Take the rice flour in a pan, mix salt, and slowly add the warm water while mixing well without forming any lumps
- Ensure that the flour thickens and the water is mixed well but not to form a paste, the mixture should still be loose and kind of similar to slightly wet bread crumbs
- Keep water in a the steamer for boiling, and on the steaming plate, add a thin layer of grated coconut first
- Add a thin layer of puttu podi mix on top of the grated coconut
- Repeat the layers of coconut and puttu podi mix alternately until the prepared mix is over, ensuring that the top layer is that of grated coconut
Note: If you find that mixing in alternate layers is time-consuming, just mix the grated coconut into the puttu podi while mixing with water and salt. I prefer it the 'layer' way.
- Now cover the steamer, and if the steamer has a whistle, keep upto two whistles, else steam for about 10 minutes on medium flame until you can smell the flavour of steamed coconut and rice in the vapours from your steamer:-)