Dal Puttu, a traditional breakfast made with mixed lentils, ground and steam cooked, tempered with mild spices. A protein-rich recipe.Jump to Recipe
Table of contents
What is Puttu?
Puttu, a traditional breakfast in many south-indian homes. A popular dish in kerala, puttu and kadalai curry, is a match made in heaven. A pretty easy dish to make, if you have that puttu maker or else a simple bowl and a steamer would also do.
Puttu, traditionally made using rice flour, which is an easy to digest and also gluten-free. The steamed delicacy, can be made with millets and lentils. Check this foxtail millet/thinai arisi puttu here. It is much prefered dish like idiyappam/idly, while traveling as they are easily digestible and safe for the digestive system.
Puttu, though commonly popular in south state of India, there is also many similar dish in other parts of India. For example, Putharo, a traditional breakfast from Meghalaya, the North-eastern state of India. And Vellam Puttu, a similar dish made in Tamilnadu.
What is Dal Puttu?
Dal puttu, a protein powerhouse dish, entirely made with dal/lentils. The only time consuming act here is the soaking of dals. Once the dals are ready then it is a pretty easy dish to make. Dal puttu, can be served for breakfast or as evening snack with some hot chai/coffee.
How to make Dal Puttu?
Please check recipe card below for exact measurements of each ingredient used and also for the detailed instructions.
- Soak the mixed dals for minimum 2 hours. After the required time, drain the dal, take it in a mixer and grind it coarse, take care while grinding we dont want batter.
- After grinding, steam cook the mixture. I have used microwave here, it ca met be done in the steamer.
- Once the dal mix is steam cooked, heat a pan, add tempering with mustard and chilies. add the crumbled dal, adjust salt and add some fresh coconut. Let it sit on the stove for 4-5 minutes for the flavors to mingle. Remove and serve warm.
Dal Puttu |Steamed Lentil Crumble | Lets make puttu
- Steamer or puttu maker (optional)
- 1 tbsp tuvar dal/split pigeon peas
- 1 tbsp chana dal/gram dal
- 1 tbsp moong dal /split green gram dal
- 1 tbsp masoor dal/red lentils
- 2 tbsp freshly grated coconut
- 2 tsp oil any cooking oil
- ¼ tsp mustard seeds/kadugu
- 2-3 nos red chilies, broken
- 1 tsp urad dal, skinned black gram dal
- 1 tsp chana dal, gram dal
- 2-3 tsp broken cashew-nuts
- a pinch hing/asafoetida
- a pinch turmeric powder
- sprig of curry leaf
- Take all the dals mentioned above in a bowl. Wash twice in water. Do not waste the dal-washed water, use it for watering the plants. Soak the mixed dal for an 2 hours, minimum. I usually have my breakfast by 10/10:30 so i soak it around 7:30 before leaving for my yoga class.
- Once it is soaked for the said time, drain the excess water, take the dal in a small mixer, pulse grind it to a coarse mixture.
- Take care while grinding, if you grind it continuously you will end up with dal batter, we don't want dal batter, we want coarsely ground dal mixture. So just pulse it. If you mixer doesn't budge, open and mix it once or twice with a spoon and pulse it again
- Once you get it coarse, remove it to a microwave safe shallow bowl. Microwave high for a minute and half. The excess moisture in the dal will evaporate and you will get dry mix, which can be crumbled.
- Another way to do this is to steam the mix. Take the coarsely ground dal in a idly plate, steam cook for 10-12 minutes to get steamed dal mix, which can be crumbled later. I prefer the MW as it takes less time and less vessels too!
- Once the dal is cooked, heat oil in a sauce pan, splutter mustard seeds, add hing, broken chilies, curry leaves let it saute for minute. Now add chana dal and urad dal and saute until it turns golden brown. Finally add cashew-nuts and saute until it changes color, take care not to burn it.
- Now to this add the crumbled dal mixture .Sauteit well. Keep the flame simmer, cover and cook for a minute or two. Remove the cover, add salt and coconut to this and mix well
- Let this be on the heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove and serve it hot along with coffee!
Serve this healthy dal puttu for breakfast or as snack, i enjoyed it with a hot cup of coffee for a blissful breakfast.
If you have tried this recipe and like it, give it a star rating or let me know in the comments below. You could also share it with me on Instagram using #icampinmmykitchen and tagging me @priyasrinivasan.
You could follow me and my recipes on Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | twitter