June 1, 2012

Coorgi Paputtu

Coorgi cuisine is a favorite of mine and it is often cooked at home. This Paputtu recipe from Coorg is a frequent dish in my kitchen and we never ever get tired of it. It is best with Coorgi Chicken or Mutton curry which I have already posted few months back. Paputtu is actually Paal Puttu and means rice cooked in milk. Just like in Kerala, most of the Coorgi dishes are coconut based enhanced by a variety of aromatic spices. Lets also not forget that Coorgis love their non vegetarian cuisine and hunt their own meat most of the time. I love all their dishes, Paputtu being one of our favorite. I have mentioned two methods of cooking Paputtu and I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy it as much as we do.

You will need :
Broken Basmathi Rice - 2 cups
Coconut Milk - 2 cups
Water - 2 cups
Cardamom - 1 tbsp
Fresh grated Coconut - 1 cup
Salt to taste

Traditional Method of cooking:
Soak the broken rice in the water for about half an hour.
Grease a medium sized thali or mold that fits into your steamer.
Add the coconut milk, cardamom, salt along with soaked rice with water to the thali.
Sprinkle the coconut on the top and steam for about 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Cover with a cloth and cool slightly before cutting into desired shapes/ slices.
This is the best, tried and tested method to cook Paputtu.

Oven method:
Soak the broken rice in the water for about half an hour.
Add the broken rice with the water with the rest of of the ingredients in a oven proof dish. Add another 1/2 cup of water.
Sprinkle with coconut and cover the dish with a aluminum foil.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or done.
Cool slightly before cutting it.
This is a new method i tried today. If it becomes a little dry, pour about 1/2 cup of hot water to the cooked Paputtu, cover with the foil and allow it cook in its own steam out of the oven.


  1. we were holidaying in coorg and stayed at a homestay where they served us this with pandhi curry. It was sooo yum and my husband wanted to badly try it at home, but we never got around to doing it. The oven method sounds doable. But one question..is broken basmati rice the same as normal basmati rice? or du get 2 buy it as broken basmati rice??

    1. Really sorry for responding so late Nisha :) ! Yes paputtu is tastiest with Pandhi Curry. I normally soak our regular Basmathi rice and just pulse it in the blender until it gets broken fine. But be careful not to blend too much or will end up with too much powdery rice. You also get to buy broken rice and can use that as well.