Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Whole Wheat Puttu | Gothambu Puttu

Happy New Year everyone! Hope all of you had a lovely start to the year and may this year bring us joy,happiness and prosperity!
If you've been reading my blog for a while or if you've been following me on Instagram you'd know that we love Puttu.It's been our Sunday breakfast since years and we absolutely love it.I mean,if waking up on a Sunday morning and getting the breakfast ready on the table when all I want to do is cuddle up under the blanket,doesn't declare my love for Puttu,I don't know what else would!!

Making Puttu did not come easy to me though.I've seen my amma make it and it didn't look complicated at all.But I have had my struggles.Sometimes the mix turns out dry and sometimes doughy.Sometimes soft and crumbly and other times hard as a rock.So it didn't come as a surprise to me when many commented on my Instagram pic of Puttu saying that it doesn't not come out right for them.So even though I'm posting the recipe for Gothambu Puttu here,the technique remains the same for any Puttu.
So here goes.The basic technique when you make puttu is moistening the flour so that no dry flour remains but at the same time you do not need too much water because that would make the flour lumpy and you'll end up with hard puttu.Though I had absolutely no issues while doing this with rice flour,I couldn't get the same results with the whole wheat puttu/gothambu puttu.

I came across this lovely fool-proof method here which makes the process so much easier,for rice as well as the wheat flour.All you need is a mixie jar :)I'll explain the process in step by step pictures.

Whole Wheat Puttu | Gothambu Puttu

Ingredients

Whole wheat flour /Atta -1/2 cup {plus 1-2 tbsp}
Salt to taste
Water - 1/4 cup*
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup

Method

Add atta and salt into a bowl and mix well.
Add water,one tablespoon at a time and keep mixing.You need to moisten the flour and make sure no dry flour remains.It may form lumps and it may even come together as one big ball of dough.Do not worry.
When there is no more dry flour,transfer the entire flour mix into your mixie jar-preferably the chutney jar.
Using the pulse mode in your mixie,pulse the mix for 1 second.
Open the mixie jar and add 1 tbsp of dry atta.Pulse for one more second.Do not keep pulsing or else it may start forming a dough.
If you still feel the mix is lumpy,add some more dry atta and pulse.
The trick here really,is to moisten the flour as much as possible and then by using the dry flour,bringing it back to puttu flour consistency.Use the pulse mode at 1 second intervals only.
Feel it with your fingers,you need a soft sand consistency.
Remove it to a bowl and add a tbsp of grated coconut.Mix well.
For making the puttu- add water to a pressure cooker and fill your puttu mould with grated coconut and puttu flour.{begin and end with grated coconut}
Place the puttu mould into the cooker nozzle and steam for 5-7 minutes.
Serve hot with Kadala curry.

Step by Step Pictorial

Add atta and salt into a bowl and mix well.
Add water,one tablespoon at a time and keep mixing.You need to moisten the flour and make sure no dry flour remains.It may form lumps and it may even come together as one big ball of dough.Do not worry.
When there is no more dry flour,transfer the entire flour mix into your mixie jar-preferably the chutney jar.
Using the pulse mode in your mixie,pulse the mix for 1 second.
Open the mixie jar and add 1 tbsp of dry atta.Pulse for one more second.
Do not keep pulsing or else it may start forming a dough.
If you still feel the mix is lumpy,add some more dry atta and pulse.
The trick here really,is to moisten the flour as much as possible and then by using the dry flour,bringing it back to puttu flour consistency.Use the pulse mode at 1 second intervals only.
Feel it with your fingers,you need a soft sand consistency.
Remove it to a bowl and add a tbsp of grated coconut.Mix well.
For making the puttu- add water to a pressure cooker and fill your puttu mould with grated coconut and puttu flour.
{begin and end with grated coconut}
Place the puttu mould into the cooker nozzle and steam for 5-7 minutes.
Serve hot with Kadala curry.

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