Finger Millet (also known as Ragi locally) is a a highly nutritious millet which is also rich in fiber. We can make healthy and delicious dishes with Ragi. Ragi Puttu is one such healthy breakfast dish. We can make this Puttu with or without the Puttu Kuzhal (the long mold used for making Puttu). I make regular Ragi Puttu with or without the long mold. It does not make a difference. The taste would be same. I have also included the non-traditional and easy way in my blog. Whichever way you use, this is a very unique and delicious breakfast item!
Ragi Flour – 1 cup (You can buy this from stores)
Sugar – 1 tbsp
Salt – a small pinch
Ghee – 1 tsp
Medium hot water – as required
Grated Coconut – ½ cup
Roast Ragi Flour for about 2 to 3 minutes in low to medium flame – stirring all the time so that it does not burn. Roast till the flour become hot. Now, allow it to cool.
Take the flour in a mixing bowl. Add 1 tbsp of Sugar, a pinch of Salt and a tsp of Ghee. Mix well.
Add medium hot water little by little and rub the flour till no trace of dry flour is seen. To check whether we have made the correct consistency, make a fistful of ball. It should hold together. When you press the ball, it will crumble and fall. You can stop adding water and rubbing once you achieve this consistency of the flour with water. You have to make this process slowly and not hurry with it. By doing so, you will get a soft Puttu mixture.
You may find small bumps in the Puttu mixture. Crumble them with fingers. This process will consume more time. Instead, take this mixture in a food processor or a mixer; operate in pulse mode for just 3 to 4 seconds and the mixture will become free of lumps.
Boil 2 to 3 cups of water in a pressure pan or pressure cooker. The nozzle of the pressure cooker should resemble a Prestige Pressure Cooker. Do not place the weight on the nozzle.
Take the Puttu mold; place the round disk at the bottom of the long mold. Add one fistful of grated Coconut. (I did not show it in the video). Top it with 2 fistful of the Ragi Puttu mixture. Add another fistful of grated Coconut on top of it. And then add two fistful of Ragi Puttu Mixture. Keep repeating the process till the mold is full. Top it with grated Coconut. Close the Puttu Mold with the lid. Insert the mold in the nozzle of the pressure cooker.
Within 2 to 3 minutes, steam will start emanating from lid of the Puttu Mold. Steam the Puttu for another 5 minutes.
Remove the mold from the cooker and push the Puttu with a rod from the mold onto a plate.
Serve with Sugar, Ghee and Banana. We can serve Ragi Puttu with Channa Curry or simple Sugar and Ghee. Some like it with Sambar also.