Irachi puttu – Steamed rice cake layered with meat masala

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3.8, 10 reviews

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Posted on 22, Jul 2012
Serving 2-4 people
Ready in 30-45 minutes
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Post Rating 3.80 out of 5 , from 10 reviews

For Meat Filling:

  • Minced Chicken or Beef - 150 Gms, I used beef
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 Tablespoon
  • Onion, large sized- 1 Nos, finely chopped
  • Green chilli - 2 Nos, finely chopped
  • Tomato, medium sized - 1 Nos, finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder - ½ Teaspoon
  • Coriander powder - ½ Tablespoon
  • Chilli powder - 1 Teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder - ½ Teaspoon
  • Garam masala Powder - ½ Teaspoon
  • Fennel Powder - ¼ Teaspoon
  • Chopped coriander leaves - 1 Tablespoon
  • Chopped curry leaves - 1 Tablespoon
  • Coconut Oil - 2 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required

For Puttu or Steamed Rice Cake Mix:

  • Rice flour - 250 Gms
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Warm water as required
  • Salt to taste
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Meat filling Preparation:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a heavy bottomed pan.
  2. Add in the chopped onion, green chilies, curry leaves and saute until the onions become light brown in color.
  3. Add in the ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell disappears on low-medium heat.
  4. Add in the turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, pepper powder, ¼ teaspoon of garam masala, fennel powder and saute till the raw smell disappears for about 1-2 minutes on low-medium heat.
  5. Add in the chopped tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are mashed well.
  6. Add in the minced meat, salt, just enough water to cook the meat and mix well. Cover and cook until the meat is cooked well and the gravy becomes almost dry. Stir occasionally.
  7. Remove from heat, add in the chopped coriander leaves, ¼ teaspoon of garam masala and mix well. Set aside.

Puttu Or Steamed Rice Cake Mix Preparation:

  1. Dry roast rice flour over medium heat until a nice roasted aroma comes for about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, and let it cool. Then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix together the warm water and salt in a bowl.
  4. Sprinkle this water little by little to the rice flour and mix well with your finger tips, until the powder becomes moist and crumbly, without any lumps.
  5. Add half of the grated coconut into the mixture and mix well. Cover and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Making Puttu Or Steamed Rice Cake:

  1. Pour water in the bottom vessel of the Puttu Maker(Puttu Kudam) till two third's full.
  2. Place the round perforated disc inside the puttu mould(cylindrical mould). Make sure that it fits well at the bottom of the mould.
  3. Place puttu mould(cylindrical mould) over the bottom vessel and boil the water for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Then take the puttu mould from the bottom vessel, add 1 tablespoon grated coconut as first layer.
  5. Then fill the prepared rice flour mixture and meat mixture alternatively into the puttu mould(refer image).
  6. Finish with final layer of grated coconut on the top. Gently press on the top. Make sure that the mould is not tightly packed.
  7. Place it over the bottom vessel and cook till you see the steam escaping through the holes of the lid.
  8. Once you saw the steam, lower the flame and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  9. Remove the puttu mould, open the lid, gently push the puttu to a plate by pushing the perforated disc at the bottom of the puttu mould using a long stick or a wooden ladle .
  10. Serve hot.

Notes :

  • If too much of lumps is formed in flour mix, add the flour mixture in your blender/food processor and pulse it for 1-2 times.
  • How to make Puttu Podi?
    • Soak 500 grams of raw rice(pachari) for about 4-6 hours. Drain the water completely and dry the soaked rice in a cool place.
    • Once it is dried completely, grind it to a coarse powder( not to be a fine powder).
    • Heat a wide pan, add in the rice powder, stir continuously for 3-4 minutes or until you get a nice roasted smell on low-medium heat. remove from heat and let it cool completely.
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