Rice Flour Puttu Recipe

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Rice Flour Puttu

It seemed like Navarathri started just now and it’s already the 9th day, Saraswathi Pooja. Happy Pooja holidays everybody. We prepare a lot of sweets and sundals these holidays, but “puttu” is very important and our favorite too.

Navarathri Golu

Navarathri Golu

This puttu recipe is different from what the Keralites prepare. It’s made with rice flour, grated coconut, and jaggery. The process is also time-consuming but worth every effort. Traditionally it’s prepared by soaking raw rice in water, draining it, spreading it on a cloth and powdering the rice, while the rice is still damp.

But to make the process more simple store bought rice flour is used. This is especially prepared on a Friday and is distributed to everybody who visits our home to see the Golu.

I’ve prepared it successfully a couple of times 3 years back, but now I have totally forgotten the procedure. Fortunately, my mother is here and she prepared it this time. It came out very well and I wanted to record it before I forget it once again.

Rice Flour Puttu Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
05 Mins35 Mins4 Cups
Rice Flour Puttu Recipe This is the recipe to prepare the traditional South Indian (Tamil Nadu) style Puttu, using rice flour, jaggery and coconut.
  • 3 Cups Rice Flour
  • As Required Water Hot
  • A Pinch Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 2 And 1/4 Cups Jaggery Powdered
  • 1 Cup Preferably Fresh Grated Coconut (Or Even Less)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • A Pinch Pacha Karpooram
  • 1/4 Cup Cashewnuts Broken Into Small Pieces
  1. Toast the rice flour in a dry skillet until hot.
  2. Boil little water (around 1 cup) with salt and turmeric powder.
  3. Sprinkle as much water as required in the toasted flour little by little. The correct consistency is, you should be able to form balls, but at the same time you should also be able to crumble it back into powdered form.
  4. Steam this flour mixture for 20 minutes. My mother filled little water in a big frying pan, placed a small trivet in the bottom and used the vegetable steamer which came along with my electric rice cooker to steam the flour. Wet a cotton cloth and pour the prepared rice powder in it and cover by bringing the ends of the cloth over the flour and place it on the vegetable steamer and close the frying pan with a lid.
  5. Once the flour is steamed, transfer this mixture to a big plate and spread it. If it has lumps sift it using a sieve.
  6. Meanwhile in another vessel add the jaggery and water just enough to cover the jaggery and melt it.
  7. Sieve the jaggery solution to get rid of any impurities.
  8. Again pour it back in the vessel, add the coconut, cardamom powder, and pachakarpooram and let this mixture boil.
  9. When a drop of the jaggery syrup is dropped in cold water, you should be able to form it into a ball. When you reach this consistency switch of the stove and remove the vessel from the stove.
  10. Now add this mixture little by little to the steamed flour and simultaneously mix the flour and jaggery syrup with the other hand using a spatula. I have a big wooden fork which is simply perfect for this job. Be careful because the syrup will be very hot and it will scald your skin if it drops.
  11. In a dry skillet toast the cashew pieces and add it to the prepared Puttu.
My Notes:
  1. The above measurement gives a fairly big portion of Puttu. You can try it on a small scale with 1 cup of rice flour, 3/4 cup of powdered jaggery and 1/4 cup of grated coconut.
  2. Cashew nuts can be toasted in ghee. Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee and fry the cashews in it and add it to the Puttu. This keeps well for a week.
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  1. Sowmya

    Hi Madhu, I love puttu n mom used to make ragi puttu as well which is a big hit among my fnds… I wanted to try this for a long time n got instructions from mom via Skype but was very unsure. Then came across ur post n followed it but substituted rice flour wid ragi flour n made ragi puttu!!! Wow if tasted as good as mom’s… Was very happy! I owe it to u n ur explanations… Thank u!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Sowmya. I too tried it with ragi flour recently and it came out great.

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  3. dodz


    May I please know why the nos. 1 and 2 in the procedure are needed and should be sprinkled in the rice flour?

    Thank you.

    • Madhuram

      I don’t know the reason, but that’s how it is done for store bought rice flour. I guess to freshen it up. This procedure (toasting the rice flour) is not required if you are preparing rice flour at home fresh. To prepare the rice flour, you have to wash the rice, drain the water, dry it and then powder it. Not simply powdering the rice in a blender.

    • Dr Aruna Iyengar

      Rice contains a good amount of starch. And it forms lumps when mixed with water. Hence little by little the starch mixes in without forming lumps if done by sprinkling with water.

  4. Gayathri

    You Golu looks absolutely appealing. I have the same “Kajuraho” set – The 6 pink dancing dolls that I got in Madurai Meenakshiamman temple. I was excited to see those dolls for I haven’t seen it in many places.

    Of course the puttu is very very appealing. I am gonna try that soon. Will let you know the outcome. 🙂

    It’s around 25 years old Gayathri. My father got it from Kasi, I believe.

  5. Srivalli

    Madhu..thats such a lovely kolu..so beautiful…thanks for sending the entry!

  6. Jayashree

    I love puttu. Have never tried making it so far because I’ve always thought it is too time consuming.

  7. hemamalini

    such a beautiful golu and excellent look madhu. Dont u invite me to have the puttu on golu day. perfect combo.