May 1, 2012

Oats Puttu (Steamed Oats Cake)

Here is a flavorful and healthier alternative to the regular white rice-flour Puttu, with a larger proportion of whole grain per serving and positively tastier than the regular version. I usually enjoy this most with a Kadala (Black Chickpeas) curry or with sugar and milk,  while my husband prefers it with a warm , spicy meat based curry or simply with bananas.

This past weekend was a lot of fun as it was the birthday of our close friends' son and our usual gang had met up at their place for pretty much an all-day birthday party.  Not only did the children have a gala time but the adults also equally enjoyed a good relaxing break after a LONG work- month.  Moreover, I didn't  have to cook much over the weekend either as we had leftovers from the party.  My husband was especially grateful to Binu for packing the Mutton curry over as he seemed to truly enjoy it with the puttu at breakfast the next day. 

Makes 3 Chiratta (hemi-spheres) Puttu

2 Cups – Rolled oats
¼ Cup – Coconut (divided)
Salt to taste


  • Grind Oats in a food processor/blender until you get a fine flour.
  • Add salt and 1/8th cup of coconut. You can definitely add more coconut as desired.
  • Add water little by little and start mixing the flour with your hands. Just make sure that you don’t add too much water which could then turn the flour into a dough ball or too little water which could make your puttu very dry. It is perfectly fine to notice big lumps of flour because the next step will resolve that issue.
  • Divide the puttu flour into 2 portions. Pulse one portion in the food processor, to eliminate the big lumps and also aerate the flour, which helps in making soft Puttu. Repeat the same process with the remaining flour.This mode of splitting the flour into smaller batches to pulse helps aerate the flour better.
  • Take a Puttu steamer, add some coconut to the bottom and fill it with the puttu flour.
  • Steam for 10-12 minutes or until done.

Other healthy & Colorful Puttu recipe
Puttu Trio / Steamed Rice Millet & Wheat Cakes

Tips to make soft Puttu 

  • After wetting the Puttu flour, transfer it to a blender(Mixie) or food processor and pulse a few times. It eliminates the big lumps, aerates the flour and thus helps in making soft Puttu.
  • You can follow the same procedure for Wheat, Rice and/or Ragi puttu.


  1. Good one Shema.Even i have been looking for these kind recipes for Kerala dishes with oats.Will definetly try it out.Have u tried to make upma with oats?

  2. Sounds very healthy and delicious..

  3. Id surely like to try this one too..maybe tomorrow :-)

  4. Shema,
    This is the first recipe I tried from Lifescoops.... Wonderful... I loved it... Simple& Healthy... I added some jeera to the puttu... Came out good... Thank you dear....

  5. Hi Shema....well, I don't know what my husband was looking for on the weekend, but he came across this recipe, and now wants me to make it!!! I googled a Puttu steamer to find out if I have anything I can use instead of it, and my cupboard has nothing remotely like it!!! Lol. Any ideas for what I can use, or how I can make them otherwise? I was thinking maybe using my steamer and putting the mixture into small bowls/cups...what do you think?

  6. Seaborngirl - Thanks for your interest in the recipe. You can find Puttu steamer in Indian Stores. I found it on Amazon too
    In case you dont want to purchase the puttu maker, you can use any steamer and put the mixture into heat safe bowls - like you said! Hope it turns out good!!


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