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December 21, 2014

Kambu Maavu Puttu Recipe-Pearl Millet Recipes

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Kambu maavu puttu recipe

Last week when i went to Salem,my MIL gave me dry roasted & ground kambu maavu/Pearl millet flour and mixed millet health mix powder/Sathu Maavu.My MIL suggested me to try this Kambu sweet puttu with the flour.I tried two versions adding Jaggery and sugar.Both came out very well n tasty.I also made Kambu kanji/pearl millet porridge( savoury version) along with it which i will post soon.We had a healthy,hearty breakfast yesterday.Here are some of the health benefits & names of pearl millet in other languages for your reference.Pearl millet is called as Kambu in Tamil , Bajra in Marathi,Gujarati,Rajasthani,Sindhi,Punjabi,Sajje in Kannada,Sajjalu in Telugu and Kambam in Malayalam.Coming to its health benefits,Pearl millet is a miracle millet which has iron that is 8 times of rice.It is very rich in Calcium,Protein,Iron & Magnesium.It helps to reduce the bad cholesterol level in our body. Its a great body coolant.Its consumed as porridge during summer.It helps to improve the digestion power & heals stomach ulcers too.It helps to improve bowel movements & prevents constipation.It makes our body strong.It helps to increase the secretion of milk for lactating mothers !.Do try this healthy kambu maavu puttu recipe for your breakfast or as evening snacks.U will love it like us.I preferred jaggery version more than sugar version.Try any based on ur liking !

Kambu maavu puttu sweet

Kambu maavu puttu recipe

Kambu maavu puttu recipe Kambu maavu puttu/Pearl millet powder puttu - Sweet version
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Kambu maavu/Pearl millet flour - 2 cups
  • Salt water - as needed ( we used around 1/2 cup)
  • Grated jaggery - 3/4 cup or sugar - 1/3 cup
  • Cardamom seeds – 2 nos crushed
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup

  • Take the kambu maavu/Pearl millet flour in a wide bowl.Mix salt in little water and sprinkle it in kambu maavu.Mix well.Add water such that u should be able to shape it roughly as shown in the picture.
Kambu maavu puttu - 1
  • Now spread this kambu maavu in idli plate and steam it for 10-15 minutes till the color of flour is changed.Remove the idli plate and take the cooked kambu maavu in a mixie jar.Grind once or twice to powder it because as u steam the flour,there may be lumps formed.So we are grinding the steamed flour to break the lumps.
Kambu maavu puttu - 2
  • Take the ground flour in a bowl.Add sugar,cardamom powder & grated coconut.Mix well and serve.If u want to add jaggery,proceed to the next step.
  • Melt jaggery in a bowl adding little water.Strain the syrup and again boil till it starts to become thick n frothy.Switch off the flame.Add cardamom powder and mix this syrup with the cooked & ground kambu maavu.Add the required amount of syrup and mix well.Lastly add grated coconut,mix well and serve.
Kambu maavu puttu - 4

Enjoy !
    NB: I felt jaggery puttu was very soft than sugar puttu.So make it as per your taste.If serving immediately,u can try sugar puttu else make jaggery puttu because it stays soft n good even after an hour.You can also make spicy version by sauting onions,chillies,ginger & curry leaves in little oil.Temper and mix everything with the cooked flour.


  • ** For making homemade kambu maavu – Dry roast kambu/Pearl millet in a wide kadai in medium flame till it starts to splutter and leaves a nice smell.Do it in batches if u want to make in large quantity.Roasting takes nearly 7-9 minutes.Do not burn them while pls be careful.After roasting,switch off the flame and allow it to cool.Grind in a mill OR Mixie for small quantity.Sieve if necessary,spread in a news paper to cool down the flour and store in an air tight box.
  • Grinding the flour in mixie after steaming is very important.Else the flour will have too much of lumps.But do not over grind the cooked flour because they will stuck to the jar and becomes very thick.Run for small intervals to make it as a powder
  • Do not sprinkle too much of salt water.It also makes the puttu hard.At the same time,if u add less water,puttu will become dry.
  • Though sugar puttu is easy to make when compared to jaggery puttu,jaggery puttu was softer than sugar puttu.But taste wise both were very good.So make it according to your choice.
  • You can also try savory puttu.Just refer my ragi spicy puttu and follow the same directions.

Kambu maavu sweet puttu recipe

Try this healthy kambu puttu for breakfast or snacks.It tastes yum !

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Anuprem said...

wow tasty and healthy....

Divs said...

love the different variatons in serving this healthy puttu. i personally prefer with jaggery. delicious.

Rafeeda AR said...

healthy snack...

Selva's Kitchen said...

Puttu is my fav....and its so healthy

great-secret-of-life said...

I love this too.. I have this in my draft too

Unknown said...

this is so healthy n looks yummy

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

i loved it looks very tasty

Nithya Ajeeth said...

Great innovation chithra

Chitra said...

Thank you :)

Nithya said...

If I steam in puttu kodam, layering with coconut, do I still need to grind in mixie?

Nithya said...

If I steam in puttu kodam, layering with coconut, do I still need to grind in mixie?

Chitra said...

Hi Nithya, not necessary. If you feel there are lumps after steaming in puttu kudam, you can grind it.