Puttu is one of the main dishes of Kerala especially for breakfast. Its very tasty and a filling food and the best combo for this usually are with kadala curry (chana) or with banana and sugar. I somehow never used to like much when i was a kid. but now i simply crave for it now and then :)... This recipe is same as the usual puttu made, except that i added an extra layer of tuna masala.
For the Tuna :
Canned Tuna in water - 1 tin
Onions- 1 medium chopped finely
Garlic - 1 clove chopped finely (opt)
Ginger - one small piece chopped finely (opt)
Green Chilli - 2 nos chopped finely
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Tumeric Powder - less than 1/4 tsp
Salt if needed
Chemba Puttu Podi - 1 cup
Coconut grated - little
For the tuna masala :
Heat little oil in a pan and add in the onions, ginger garlic and green chilli. Saute till onions turn slightly brown in color. Add in the podwers. Saute till raw smell of the powders go and then add in the tuna. Saute till tuna gets fried on low flame and keep aside.
For the Puttu :
Mix in the chemba puttu podi, salt and water. Mix in such a way that you get soft lumps of the mix, at the same if you knock with your finger it falls down. Thats how you will know the mix is proper. If the lumps are too hard you will get a hard output.
In a' puttu kutti' or you can even use coconut shell, put in coocnut grated first then a bit of puttu mix and then tuna. Then again add puttu mix, then tuna and puttu mix and last on top coconut grated. You can do the mixing however you wish. Steam over a pressure cooker till you see steam coming out of puttu kutti's holes. Poke out with a putti kutti stick and VOILA, your tuma puttu is ready :)
Have as it is or with kadala curry or banana :)
You can use white outtu podi instead of chemba puttu podi.
You can arrange the fillings in whichever way you like it.
I havent used the optional items for the above mix. You can add in for more flavour and taste.