Ragi or Finger millet was never there in my cooking dictionary till I got married and came to the Southern part of India. My mom is still unaware of these mighty grains!
Though a very popular and an integral part of food in South of India, Ragi remains a mystery to the rest of India and a good dry flower decoration in my vase
This whole grainwas the first weaning food for my toddlers introduced by my mother-in-law and still remains an important meal in the form of Ragi porridge for them. Over the years many recipes and healthy Ragi dishes have been added to my treasure. And I love to use this goldmine of health for all kinds of meals, be it for the lunch, breakfast or for baking cakes and cookies.
This Steamed Ragi cake or Puttu as is called in Kerala is a very traditional yet healthy breakfastof this region. I make it with Ragi powder, Brown ricepowder or plain white rice powder. Its very easy and simple to prepare provided you have the Puttu maker with you.
Method: Heat a wok (kadai) and dry fry the ragi flour for a few minutes. You can avoid this step but it gives a better flavor to the recipe. Take the flour in a big and broad vessel. Mix in the salt and sprinkle 1-2 tsp of water in it. Mix the flour lightly by rubbing in between the palms.
Repeat the same process till you use 5-6 tsp of water and the whole mixture resembles breadcrumbs (above). Make sure that there are no lumps in the mix.
Grate the coconut and keep aside.
A traditional Puttu maker which is readily available in the market.
Take a clean Puttu mould, place the mesh inside and put a big ladle of ragi flour in it. Put another layer of gated coconut over the ragi flour and press it gently. Repeat the same process with another layer of ragi flour, coconut and again ragi at the top.
Moist and scrumptious Puttu
Fill the bottom vessel of the puttu maker with water and adjust the puttu maker. Keep it on the flame on high for 4-5 minutes and put off the flame.
A very delicate and moist steamed ragi cake is ready to serve.
Take out the steamed Ragi cake and serve hot with black Channa or any other vegetable curry.
Brown riceflour and white rice flour makes delicious Puttus.
These steamed cakes are a very healthy and filling breakfast.
Puttu is low-cal food with zero fat in it.
The same recipe can be transformed into a scrumptious dessert.