Herbal Puttu/ Thulasiyila puttu



  1. Roasted rice flour/ Puttu podi – 1 cup
  2. Krishna Tulsi leaves – 1 cup
  3. Salt – 1/2 tsp.
  4. Sugar – 1/4 tsp.
  5. Grated coconut – 1/4 cup + as needed for layering the puttu
  6. Water – as needed (This depends on the brand of rice flour you are using.Usually the flour we get here is well roasted; so more water is needed to wet the flour.)


  1. Grind the tulsi leaves to a smooth paste adding little water. Strain this paste and add enough water to get 1/2 cup of liquid to wet the rice flour. Keep aside.
  2. Transfer the rice flour into a wide vessel.
  3. Add salt and sugar to the water and mix.Pour the tulsi water over the flour uniformly and mix well with hand breaking any big lumps formed.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a grinder and process to get a uniformly wetted flour.
  5. If you hold some wetted flour in ur palm it should form a lump which could be broken easily. Add the grated coconut ( 1/4 cup) and mix. Your flour is now ready for steaming.
  6. Put 1 tbsp. of grated coconut into the puttu maker.Fill the puttu maker with the wetted flour upto the top and close with it’s lid.
  7. Take little water in your pressure cooker.Let boil. Close the cooker with it’s lid. Don’t put on the weight, instead place your puttu maker there (there is a hole at the bottom of the puttu maker).The heat should be high. Once you see the steam emerging out of the puttu maker lower the heat and cook further for 5 minutes.
  8. Carefully transfer the cooked puttu to the serving plate. Serve this puttu with sugar or a curry of your choice.

Recipe source:- Chitra Sreekumar

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