Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Puttum Payarum (Puttu with Moong dal curry)

A wonderful combo for breakfast…. Or a heavy dinner…
Puttu n Payar 5

Ingredients(Serves 2 -3):
Coarse Rice Flour (Puttu podi)      --   2 cups
Water                                                        --   ½ cup or to moisten the flour
Shredded Coconut                               --   ½ cup
Salt                                                             --   to taste
Mix the salt in water. Add this water little by little  or sprinkle on to the flour and mix it softly. The mixing should be done carefully, so that the flour does not turn into dough form. It should be in the powdered form but wet enough for steaming.
To test the correct wetness, you can hold tight a handful of flour and when released, it should hold its shape. Now when dropped back in to the vessel, it should get powdered again.

                    Puttu n Payar 2                           Puttu n Payar 3

Layer the puttukutty with grated coconut(around 2 tbsp for one layer) and rice flour, starting and ending with coconut. In a normal sized puttukutty, you should be able to make 3 equal layers of rice flour.
Take water in the puttu kudam/ pressure cooker - half full or 1/3rd full and let the water boil. Now place the filled puttukutty on the kudam and cook until steam comes out through the top – takes around 5 to 10 min.
Push the puttu out of the kutty  and serve hot.
Puttu n Payar 4
Make sure there is enough water in the kudam/cooker before you place the puttu maker with the next batch.

Puttu n Payar 7
Cherupayar/Whole Moong dal:
Ingredients(Serves 2 -3):
Whole moong dal        --    1 cup
Green chillies                 --   2 - 3
Turmeric powder        --   ¼ tsp
Coconut milk                 --   ½ cup
Pepper powder            --   ½ tsp
Curry leaves                  --   2 stems
Mustard seeds              --   ½ tsp
Red chillies                    --   2
Oil                                      --   2 tsp / as required for tadka
Salt                                    --   to taste

Soak the moong dal in water for 1 - 2 hours.This is purely optional. This helps to reduce the number of whistles from the pressure cooker.
In a pressure cooker, add the moong dal, slit green chillies, turmeric powder and water. Cook until done. It takes 2 to 3 whistles for my pressure cooker.
Puttu n Payar 1
Open the cooker when all the pressure is released.Keep it on a medium flame. If there is no water left in the cooker, add half a cup of water. Add the coconut milk and salt. Let it come to a boil. Add pepper powder and curry leaves and switch off the flame.
Heat oil in another pan. Splutter the mustard seeds and green chillies. Pour it over the prepared moongdal curry.
Serve hot with puttu and pappadam.
Puttu n Payar 6

Recipe Courtesy: Amma


  1. Delicious looking recipe. Wonderfully prepared.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. My fav.......mouth watering here.......hmmmm yummyyyyyyyy

  3. Simply superb...Love this for dinner...oru cherrupazham kudi kittiyal kemam..Very nicely explained..

  4. njan coconut milknu pakaram coconut+jeerakam arachathu aanu add cheyyaru :)

  5. wow too yumm hv eaten this comibation only once..

  6. nice!...looks soooooooo tempting......i cant make the puttu(no mold).but the dal is new and unique...a def,must try:)

  7. i'm drooling.Perfect breakfast

  8. Wow...this is fab! Nice shots Nitha...
    Hey good to hear from you again...thanks for stopping by my space dear. ;)

  9. Yummy and healthy it.

  10. Awesome Recipe Dear..Bookmarking it to try soon..


  11. very delicious puttu wid a nice side dish...yumm

  12. U r just awesome.very unique recipes with nice pics.....and this looks really delicious n like inviting...

  13. This is one of our fav breakfast item. Looks tempting with that pappad.

  14. Healthy breakfast. Puttu with payaru should be very tasty. Will give a try.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,

  15. i already tried that kind of dish coz my mother know how to cook at eat :)
    its super awesome good promise :) 100% recommended.

  16. never made this at home but love this for breakfast. looks wonderful. you made it sound so easy to make that now I should give it a try too.

  17. i am new here..u have an ce blog..and follow u...Nice puttum payarum...drooling drop my space when ur free