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.


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.


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


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*

     For sweet sundal:

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

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.*
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Detach puttu vessel from the steamer and push steamed puttu out using the steel rod given.
  • Serve hot puttu with sweet sundal.

Please note: Puttu may also be steamed after wrapping the flour in a piece of wet cloth.


78 Comments Add yours

  1. Rupali says:

    Wonderful recipe. Never heard of it before.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks !

  2. wooww.Longing to try this recipe for years. My mom do in small stainless steel tumblers which will look so cute.Puttu has turned out perfectly megala.Nice share. Sure will try it.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks ! 🙂

  3. Woowww… I loved your puttu vessel. Interesting steamer. I remember eating rice coconut puttu with red channa subji when I was visiting a friend in Kerala Pavarty village !!
    I don’t have the authentic puttu steamer but will try this recipe with other gadgets I have at home .. will let you know how it went for me …

    1. Megala says:

      Nice to hear that it has evoked your delicious memories in Kerala. 🙂 Thank you so much !

  4. This looks really good nice blog

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by !

  5. That is so interesting and looks so good! You are a patient cook!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks ! 🙂

  6. Wow that is so cool! It sounds delicious Megala!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you 🙂

  7. iScriblr says:

    Wow! Looks yum! 🙂

    1. Megala says:


  8. Ramyarecipes says:

    It’s new to me and interesting megala 😍👍😊

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you.

  9. I must admit I have never heard of these kind of dishes, although I have two or three cookbooks with recipes from India. It looks very appetizing.

    1. Megala says:

      I’m delighted to hear this, thanks so much !

  10. jyo says:

    This recipe is definitely on my bucket list, impressive Megala…..thanks for sharing❤

    1. Megala says:

      Pleasure is all mine ! 🙂

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