Cornmeal Puttu with Sweet Sundal

I feel it is more beneficial to take cornmeal than cornflakes for breakfast, hence I prefer to make gluten-free cornmeal puttu and protein-rich green gram sundal for breakfast. Puttu is usually prepared using rice flour, you may refer the table below to find out how cornmeal serves good for making puttu.

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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. Otherwise you may serve puttu with spicy curry made of any legume as shown below.

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

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Serves: 2

Ingredients:

      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*

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     For sweet sundal:

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

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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.*

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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

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Please note: If you don’t have puttu vessel, you may just steam them after wrapping in a wet cloth.

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74 Comments Add yours

  1. Bhavana says:

    Is Cornmeal same as corn flour?

    1. Megala says:

      Actually cornmeal is a flour obtained by grinding corn grains, but we, Indians, call cornstarch (starch obtained from corn) as corn flour. 🙂

      1. Bhavana says:

        Ok. …need to try this one

  2. Absolutely love the combo of puttu and kadalai and what I loved more was the puttu with corn meal, that was a beautiful yellow brown combination and way too delicious. Great share Megala.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot.

  3. Rini says:

    This looks like a perfect breakfast for champions!

    1. Megala says:

      Very true, thanks a lot !

  4. What a delicious breakfast 😋

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot !

  5. I love your step by step approach to displaying your creative dishes. It leaves no doubt in the reader regarding the how, when or what. Puttu is a staple in our home with kadala curry but makka puttu is new. I was not even aware that makka flour is available. Time to give it a try. Thank you, Megala.

    1. Megala says:

      Glad you found it useful ! Thanks so much !!

      1. It was my pleasure, Megala.

  6. PS says:

    This is so delicious and healthy recipe!!! Lovely

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you.

  7. My Real Dish says:

    These look so delicious! Love the nutritional information too!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  8. How sweet! Looks delicious

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot !

  9. I’ve had some cornmeal sitting in my pantry for ages, and I think I finally just found a good use for it. Thanks for this inspiraton!

    1. Megala says:

      Most welcome, hope you would like it !

  10. Loved the recipe!!!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much.

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