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March 8, 2010

Sweet Puttu Recipe / Arisi Vella Puttu Recipe – Maha Shivaratri Prasadam Recipes

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Sweet puttu also known as rice puttu / arisi vella puttu in Tamil is a popular South Indian Maha shivaratri prasadam recipe. We prepare this sweet puttu recipe mainly on ‘Maha shivaratri’. So we call this as Shivaratri puttu . Some people prepare this arisi vella puttu/Arisi puttu during Navaratri days too. 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

 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

1 cup - 240ml
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. Steam the rice flour for 15 minutes.
  • **If u use store bought rice flour ,use puttu maavu for best results. If  you use that, you can start from the next step.. But you 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 chana dal.Usually what we do is , we keep the chana 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 chana 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) or grind it once in mixie jar to remove the lumps.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 chana dal. ( I have steamed the rice flour twice to make super soft puttu. If  you don't want to follow this step, just steam it once and proceed)
  • 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 you need puttu, you 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 pictures. Add more jaggery if you have sweet tooth.
  • Make sure you 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 !
Take care , catch u all in my next post !

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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. new to me:) looks delicious!

  13. Hi Chitra,

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

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

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

  16. looks so delicious Chitra :)

  17. 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...

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

  19. sivarathri puttu looks great and delicious!!!

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

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

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

  23. 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!!

  24. 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!!!!

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

  26. This looks so yummy. Love the pic.

  27. 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 !

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

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

  30. 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..

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

  32. this is new to me.. interesting 1

  33. Looks yummy and delicious dear :)

  34. Puttu looks great and very interesting...

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


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