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March 8, 2010

Sweet Puttu Recipe / Arisi Vella Puttu – Maha Shivaratri Prasadam

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We prepare this sweet puttu recipe mainly on ‘Maha shivaratri’ as prasadam.So we call this as Shivaratri puttu . Some people prepare this arisi Vella puttu/Arisi puttu during Navaratri days.This is made out of rice flour and jaggery. My mil makes home made rice flour to make this puttu.U can try with good quality store bought puttu flour/puttu maavu too.Here I have cooked the rice mixture twice to make soft puttu.Try this method & let me know how it turned out for you :)


Sweet puttu recipe

 Sweet puttu recipe for Maha Shivratri
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 120 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 140 Minutes

To soak in water
  • Raw rice - 1 cup
  • Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu - 1/4 cup
For jaggery syrup
  • Grated jaggery - 1.25 cups
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Water - as needed
  • Salt - A pinch

  • Soak the raw rice/Maavu arisi in water for 2 hrs . Soak the chana dal in water for 2 hours.Drain the water and spread the rice on a news paper / cloth for 10 mins so that the excess water gets absorbed.
  • Grind the rice in a mixie or processer to make powder..(rice should be little moist ) .Sieve and again grind it to make a fine powder.
  • **If u use store bought rice flour ,use puttu maavu for best results.If  u use that,u can start from the next step..But u should add little water mixed with salt to make the flour a bit wet.
  • Grease the idli plate with oil and spread the finely ground rice flour .Steam it for 10 to 15 mins..
  • In the mean time take the soaked channa dal and pressure cook till it blossoms. Do not over cook the channa dal.Usually what we do is , we keep the channa dal in a bowl with water inside the idli pot and allow it to cook along with the rice flour..By the time the rice flour gets ready , the channa dal will also get cooked and blossomed..
  • After 15 minutes,remove the flour and  break the lumps by spreading in a plate.Sprinkle salted water.The quantity of water should be such that u should be able to make a ball with the flour.(Maavu pidikira padham varanum).Sieve it using puttu sieve (jalladai).This is called Puttu maavu.Again spread the flour in idli plate and steam it for 10 minutes.Grind it once in mixie to break the lumps.Mix the cooked channa dal. 
  • Take the jaggery in a wide mouthed bowl and add little water just to cover it. Melt the jaggery and strain the impurities if any.Allow the jaggery to boil till it becomes frothy and thick. Add cardamom powder,mix well.
  • Now mix the jaggery syrup to rice flour mixture .Mix well and  enjoy by adding a tsp of ghee !!


  • Please keep in mind,u should steam the flour twice to get soft puttu.For storing puttu maavu,  steam the ground rice flour for 15 minutes,Remove and grind it.Seive it and dry in sun and store in a box.Whenever u need puttu,u can steam it and proceed as given above.
  • The color of puttu depends on the color of jaggery.U can see the difference in color in my old & new picturesSmile..Add more jaggery if u have sweet tooth.
  • Make sure u break all the lumps after u steam the rice flour.For safer side,Grind the flour and sieve once.Then add chana dal and proceed.
  • The consistency of jaggery syrup should be thick else puttu will become a sticky paste.
  • Some people roast the rice flour before steaming.But we don’t do it.We steam the flour directly.
  • Add a tsp of ghee before serving,It adds a nice flavor !

Hey folks, do you know that a single chunk of jaggery is rich in number of nutrients.
It is popularly known as gur to all of us. Believe me, it is a wonderful tablet that can cure you from niggling health problems like cough, asthma, indigestion, fatigue, migraine
etc. so never ever think twice for eating this nutritious food.
You will be glad to read that a single small piece of jaggery helps in purifying your blood prevents mood swings. It helps in regulating one’s liver functions and preventing rheumatic afflictions. Always remember that regular intake of small chunk of jaggery in your diet helps in regulating your blood pressure and also helps in getting rid of the body toxins. So don’t think, just include this rich food in your diet for gaining all its benefits!
All in all for maintaining the optimum health, including jaggery in your diet especially in winters can be the best thing that you can do. Nutritionally, jaggery is a storehouse of nutrients like proteins, minerals, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, vitamins, potassium etc, which are very much required for the
normal functioning of your body systems.
you will  be glad to read that consuming jaggery in winters helps in generating enough heat in the body, thus keeping you warm inside and warding off the cold temperature at the same time. In winter, there is a drop in our body temperature, and as a result we have to try harder to keep ourselves warm.
Consuming jaggery not only provides you with much-needed energy but also keeps you warm. Great! Isn’t it?
So what more are you thinking now, just gorge on chikki made of jaggery and nuts or small chunk of jaggery itself and enjoy this chilly cold weatherwithout getting affected from seasonal ailments.
Take care , catch u all in my next post Smile

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  1. Good to see this post,shall keep this as record :) I never make/made so far! Nice colour of the serving dish and nice picture too!

  2. I have never heard abt the sweet version,surely must be delicious..would love to try this out...thanks for sharing chitra

  3. new to me..looks mouthwatering..

  4. Nice click..........Love to try this.

  5. Never had this..looks good and colorful

  6. I had heard about it but never had the opportunity to taste that u have posted it would surely save it for guidance..... It sounds less exhaustion too.....

    May be it has been quite some time, since u have last posted... I have been seeing u after quite a while....
    Love & Cheers!!!!


  7. I love puttu a lot.

    Puttu looks delicious dear...

  8. I have never had puttu like his looks really yumm;

  9. Love this sweet puttu a lot...awesome click..

  10. thats a new dish and looks ummmm tempting. I have a mjor sweet tooth and craving this now.

  11. Hi Chitra,
    Good to see u :)
    Lovely interesting post...This is an easier version of puttu ..less effort of course :) would make it sometime thanks

  12. Hi Chitra,

    This is totally new to me. Should try it out!!!!This is Prathiba from The indian food court.

  13. puttu is my all time favorite..looks so very tempting!

  14. This is a new puttu for me..looks really tasty Chitra :)

  15. looks so delicious Chitra :)

  16. hello chithra...u have a nice collection of recipes...and ur blog looks fabulous...iwould love to follow ur blog...never tried puttu in this style...following u...

  17. Interesting puttu. Never tried this before. Sure to try soon.

  18. sivarathri puttu looks great and delicious!!!

  19. Its new to me..Looks delicious and yummy.

  20. Sweet puttu sounds mouthwatering to me...wonderful recipe.

  21. ooohh..i miss this!! it is one of my fav sweet dishes!

  22. Puttu is a regular breakfast for us,mostly on Sundays with kadala curry.I make sweet puttu too,adding coconut-jaggery churnam in between the layers.But this is something new..adding channa dal sounds like a great idea..good to see a new recipe!!

  23. Hi,

    I am Prathiba from The indian food court. Sweet puttu is totally new to me. I learnt the normal one from my friend when we were in Kerala. Looks delicious!!!!

  24. Wonderful presentation. I have never tasted sweet puttu. Looks delicious and perfect for breakfast..

  25. This looks so yummy. Love the pic.

  26. Puttu looks delicious and loved all the info on jaggery, I knew it was good for us, but did not know it was this good !

  27. Sweet puttu looks very tempting dear. Thanks for the facts on jaggery..much useful for me da.

  28. my fav puttu.. looks great & perfect..

  29. Dear Chithra
    Thanks 4 dropping in & 4 ur kind words
    It was Gr8 visiting ur Awesome space here....Ive never tried sweet puttu, though normal puttu is made every week...Thanks 4 sharing all the info about Jaggery....Should definitely give a try 2 r sweet puttu...
    Keep adding more recipes..

  30. Sweet puttu looks great..different one..Will try this for sure..
    Following will peek in often..

  31. Puttu looks great and very interesting...

  32. Sweet puttu is new to me. Very interesting recipe. Thanks also for the info on health benefits of jaggery.


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