You could find the recipe for puttu all across the web, but before you head for it, you need to make sure that you have the right utensils for its preparation. Puttu is prepared in a “Puttu kutti” – A cylindrical tube fixed atop a utensil that passes steam by boiling water. Bamboo shoots or half cut coconut shells were used in olden days. Shredded coconut is spread or mixed with the flour for taste. The traditional way is to steam the flour in a half coconut shell, which is called “Cheratta Puttu”
You could find many varieties of rice in Kerala, both white and dark. The color and taste of the Puttu depends on the rice flour used. And the shape depend on whether it is cooked in a “Kutti” or “Cheratta”. One highlight of Puttu is that it goes with any accompaniment, it is almost like rice. It goes with almost all types of curries, the question is whether you like it or not?. But what you commonly see is Banana or “Kadala curry” which is dark gram curry. Try it on your next visit to Kerala.