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Vella Puttu

Vellam Puttu | Vella Puttu | Navarathri Neivedhiyam

Vellam puttu/Steamed Rice flour, sweetened using Jaggery. A traditional neivedhiyam/offering  done during Navratri/Navrathri.
Course Dessert, Traditional
Cuisine South-Indian
Keyword How to make puttu, jaggery puttu, Navarathri neivedhiyam, Navaratri, Navrathri, Navratri, puttu with store bought flour, Rice flour puttu, Sweet Puttu, Vellam puttu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2


  • Steamer/Pressure cooker/Idy steamer



  • ¼ Cup Rice Flour
  • ¼ Cup Jaggery
  • 2 tablespoon Freshly grated Coconut
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 3 nos each Almonds and Cashews
  • 1 tablespoon raisins


  • Dry roast the Rice flour in a pan to just make it hot. This will take just 2 minutes. We don't want the rice flour to change color.
  • Take the warm rice flour and spread it on a plate. Mix the salt in 2 tablespoon of water, sprinkle little salt-water on the flour and mix well with your hands. The Water mixed flour should  hold if you hold it tightly, and collapse if you break it.
  • Take the salt mixed flour in a bowl/steamer plate and steam cook it for 5-8 minutes. I used my idly steamer.
  • Make sure water doesn't touch the flour, even the water droplets from steam. If using a vessel inside the steamer, then cover the rice flour container. Or you can wrap the rice flour in a cheese cloth like a bag and steam.
  • After the given time, take it out of the steamer, spread it on a flat plate. Heat Jaggery with 2 tablespoon of water and prepare a syrup of single-string consistency.
  • Pour this Jaggery syrup on the steamed rice flour and mix well.
  • Add grated coconut, cardamom and roasted nuts and raisins . Mix well and Serve.


  • There is a chance of the Jaggery syrup getting into ball-like consistency, in that case, the puttu might become little clumpy. Do not Worry, let the puttu rest for sometime, then take it in a mixer and pulse it 2-3 times and transfer it to a flat plate, the puttu will separate and become powdery