Cornmeal Puttu with Sweet Sundal

I feel it is more beneficial to take cornmeal than cornflakes for breakfast, so I prefer to make gluten-free cornmeal puttu and protein-rich green gram sundal for breakfast. Puttu is usually prepared using rice flour, but you may refer the table below to find out how cornmeal serves good for making puttu.

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Whenever my mother prepares green gram sundal she used to make sweet sundal specially for me. Anyone, who enjoys sweet sundal as I do, would definitely find the unusual combination of puttu & sweet sundal more delicious than regular puttu & kadalai curry.

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Now let us move on to the recipe for chola puttu with sweet paasi payaru sundal:

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Serves: 2


      For grinding:

  1. Coconut – one half
  2. Cardamom – 2 Nos.

      For puttu:

  1. Cornmeal (makka chola maavu) – 1 cup
  2. Salt – ½ tsp
  3. Water – as required
  4. Coconut & cardamom mixture*
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     For sweet sundal:

  1. Whole green gram (Paasi payaru) – ½ cup
  2. Powdered jaggery – ½ cup
  3. Coconut & cardamom mixture – ¼ cup
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Mise en place:

  • Wash & soak lentils for 3 hours and pressure cook them until soft & tender.
  • Meanwhile grind coconut & cardamom into a coarse powder.
  • Keep ¼ cup of coconut mixture for sweet sundal & the remaining for puttu separately.*
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  • Add cornmeal & salt into a mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Gradually pour water into cornmeal and mix gently with the tip of fingers until each & every grit becomes moist.
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Cooking method:

  • Heat puttu steamer after adding sufficient water in high flame.
  • When the water reaches its boiling point, reduce the flame to medium.
  • Fill puttu vessel with flour & coconut mixture to the brim and attach it to the steamer.
  • Steam for 10 minutes or until the steel rod inserted into the flour through the hole of lid comes out clean.
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  • Meanwhile heat a cooking pan with powdered jaggery in medium flame.
  • When jaggery is completely melted away, add cooked lentils and mix well.
  • Finally add coconut mixture and remove from heat.
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  • Detach puttu vessel from the steamer and push steamed puttu out using the steel rod given.
  • Serve hot puttu with sweet sundal.
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Please note: Puttu may also be steamed after wrapping the flour in a piece of wet cloth.

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  1. I just love ? your recipes. Puttu. Amazing that in India you have this too. As it is the staple diet for Africans. They use mielie meal or corn ? meal for porridge, for lunch or dinner with vegetables (Imfino) or meat or fish or a drink (Amaghewu). Thank you very much for sharing!

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