Thursday, October 6, 2011

Brown Rice Puttu(Steamed Brown Rice & Jaggery Sweet)


Navarathri - is a nine day festival and is celebrated all our India in different ways. Each region, state celebrates it differently. We celebrate the nine days by keeping Golu/Kolu an arrangement of dolls in odd numbered steps and each day the Goddess is worshipped and a prasad is offered. Women are invited and slokas and devotional songs are sung in front of the golu and they are given turmeric and kumkum along with prasad. The celebration ends on Vijaya Dasami day which is today and is a very auspicious day to start all kinds of learning related activites. Each day a different prasad is made and offered and this puttu is one such traditional one which is offered normally on Tuesday's or Friday's during Navarathri.

Normally this dish is made with raw white rice and jaggery(panela), I tried this one with brown rice and
definitely didn't feel any difference in the taste at all. So check out this recipe and do give it a try and let me know, how you liked it.

Preparation Time - 20 Minutes
Cooking Time - 45 Minutes
Serves - 4 to 8


Brown Rice - 1 Cup(You can use white rice also if so go for the raw one and the parboiled one)
Water - 1 Cup
Jaggery/Panela - 1 1/4 Cup or more if desired
Cardamom powder - 1/2 Tsp
Grated coconut - 1/2 Cup
Salt - pinch
Turmeric powder - pinch
Cashews - 1 Tbsp
Ghee(Clarified butter) - 1 Tbsp


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puttust3 puttust5
puttust6 puttst4
puttust7 puttust8

1) Soak the rice in water for 2 hours(if using white rice, 1 hour is enough)

2) Drain the water completely from the rice and set this aside. Meanwhile
heat a heavy bottomed pan(I used an iron one) and set it on medium heat.

3) Divide this drained rice in three portions and fry this rice in the iron pan
till they are well spluttered and fried stirring in between so that the rice doesn't
get burned.

4) Once the rice is cool enough to handle, transfer the contents to a food processor and make a fine powder out of this rice(fine and not super fine). To the rice flour add the turmeric powder and salt and keep it aside.

5) Heat a cup of water and once it reaches the boiling point, switch off. Pour the water little by little on to the rice flour stirring and checking the consistency. The flour should be all wet and should be able to hold shape when made into a ball.

6) Now, cover this wet flour and in a pressure cooker/pan cook for 3 whistles and switch off. Once the pressure cooker is all set to open, open this and let this cooked rice cool a little bit. After it is cooled enough to handle by hand, using both your hands rub the flour in between to make a nice powder/flour.

7) Dry fry the coconut till it becomes slight brown and fry the cashews in ghee and keep it also aside.

8) Take the jaggery in a pan and pour just enough water to cover its surface and boil it till becomes thick. One point the jaggery would have become thick and if you put the spoon out and take it you will see strings. Now switch off, add the cardamom powder, cooked rice flour and stir well immediately. Add the roasted coconut and cashews and enjoy.



Sending this to Cooking Concepts - Festive Food hosted by Srav's Culinary Concepts.


Deeksha said...

This sounds very delicious. Nice recipe.

Prathibha said...

healthy one..looks delicious

Chitra said...

Nice prasadam...bookmarked!!

Alpana said...

Very delicious........Thanks for sharing.

Kalyani's Platter said...

looks delicious and yummy !!!!!!!

kankana said...

In Bangalore I stayed as a paining guest for few months and that Aunty used to make puttu every sunday and it was my absolute favorite.

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Yumm and healthy puttu luks superdeliciously nice in the click.

Miriam said...

Looks wonderful! :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Sum said...

Nice one! Wanted to see more of those dolls than that little peek in the last pic :)

Priya said...

Wat a healthy puttu, inviting..

Kaveri said...

Nice recipe...looks very good

Priti said...

Healthy n yummy indeed ...I love puttu ...this looks so delicious

Prathima Rao said...

Healthy & nutritious bowl of inviting sweet :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Nandini said...

That bowl's full of rich nutrients! Very lovely!

Anjali Shukla said...

This one looks really interesting, and completely new to me. I loved the way it's been done. :)

jeyashrisuresh said...

my mom makes this for navratri , making with brown rice is a healthy choice

Anu said...

looks nice. i too always do with brown rice but instant one :))

S.Menaga said...

such a healthy puttu looks yumm.....thxs for visiting my space..u have a wonderful collection!!

Kavi... said...

really nutritious! good recipe!
Kavi | Edible Entertainment

Sobha Shyam said...

the sweet look so delicious, love it..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

That is such a new prep and looks superb.

Hyma said...

I was wondering why no one has posted any puttu recipe for navarathri and there u r! sorry dear...I have been visiting ur page often but it seems like I have never left a comment...strange!

Ammu's said...

Very delicious dish..

Uma said...

Rice puttu is new to me but looks very delicious and simple to make. Love it absolutely.


julie said...

Delicious and tempting sweet recipe..
Glad to follow you:-))
Hope u'll follow my space publicly,dear!!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Wow... love this brown rice version!
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Event: Serve It - Festival Potluck

Jay said...

Mmmm....absolutely lipsmacking version..:P
Tasty Appetite

Archana said...

Sounds delicious.Thanks for visiting me and your sweet comment. I have been following you for some time now.

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Kalyan said...

Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

kranthi said...

thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. ur brown rice pottu is looking superdelicious.

Manju said...

this looks great! I am always looking for recipes where brown rice can be subbed for white but you still don't notice the difference. Thanks for one more to my repertoire! :)

foodie @ tastingspot said...

i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on

Raji said...

Definitely healthy puttu as compared to its white counterpart. Looks very festive.

CinnamonNChillies said...

This looks fab!!!The peacock props look lovely too!!!

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Thanks every one for your sweet comments. Really appreciate your time and efforts.

Gopika Ram said...

Hey thats a cool idea Sadhana. I have try this out :)

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