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Monday, November 10, 2014

Barley Puttu (from scratch) | Steamed Barley Flour with Grated Coconut (Step by Step Pics)

Barley is a low glycemic food that makes it even more a healthier option.This is a perfect recipe for those who would like to cut down their carbs.My family totally loved this recipe and I have tried this 3-4 times now.This is the second trial with barley after successfully trying out the barley idlis and dosas,do check it here.This puttu got 10/10 credits and is a very delicious one,believe me.It may take a little additional efforts but is worth trying.Add it your healthy food recipe list and surely must give this a try !!!!

to make barley flour 
whole barley  1 cup

to make puttu
barley flour 1 cup
salt to taste
grated coconut 1/2 cup


  • Wash the barley well,drain all floating husks or other impurities.Soak in fresh water for 15 -30 mins,depending on the quality of barley.
  • After 15 mins,drain all water in a colander and leave to ooze any remaining water present.

  • Add the drained barley in the blender and pulse it several times.Grind till the barley gets sticky and comes together.Stop over and sieve the mix(use puttu sieve holes in the sieve)
  • Add the residue to the blender again and grind again.Now again sieve through,continue the same process until you finish the residue.
  • Heat a kadai and dry roast the flour on low medium heat until the raw smell of flour disappears and you see steam pass through the flour.Put off flame and transfer the flour on a paper towel.Spread the flour to cool.Leave to cool completely.
  • Store in ziplog bags or air tight containers until use.Use within a week for best results.
  • Take the barley flour in a bowl and add salt a pinch.Drizzle water and moisten the flour as you do for regular puttu flour.To check whether the puttu flour is moistened well,hold little flour together(in pic 3),if it forms a ball,then its ready to steam.

  • Add layer of grated coconut in the puttu mold(as in pic),then add moistened flour.Then,layer with grated coconut again and flour and finish off with grated coconut on top.
  • Add adequate water in cooker and remove the weight on cooker,place on heat.Place the filled puttu mold/puttu kutti on top and steam till its cooked well or when steam passes at the top for 5-7 mins.Remove from cooker and poke with a skewer at the bottom.
  • Remove on  a plate and serve warm with kadala curry/cherupayaru curry / fish molly or with bananas.(we had with kadala curry)
  • Repeat the same step if you have left over moistened flour to make another puttu.

Servings ~ 1 cup barley flour makes 2 cylindrical puttu

 * Don't try to get lumps in flour too,it should be lump free.Don't drench the flour with water neither under moisten it.
* The color of the puttu is slightly brown in color.The store brought barley flour may not yield same results as puttu podi has slightly coarse texture than the smooth flour.
Traditional Puttu

Tricolor Puttu


Thermofan. Marisa G. said... Best Blogger Tips

Very healthy recipe. I also like barley and use it a lot when I bake bread. Have a nice weekend.

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so yum! healthy too.. Can we use store brought barley flour?

Merry Tummy said... Best Blogger Tips

never tried this...:) but sounds good:) said... Best Blogger Tips

puttu looks very yummy..nice pics..

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Veena TheagarajanVeena,I don't think store brought barley flour yields good results as it may be smooth so can get lumps easily when you moisten.If you get barley puttu podi in stores that's perfect as the texture is slightly coarser.However,you can still trywith barley flour.

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Barely puttu looks adipoli Julie I am going to give it a try.

Remya said... Best Blogger Tips

yum yum especially with tyhat tasy kadala curry..oh! that thenga kothu tempting me dear :))))))

Rumana Rawat said... Best Blogger Tips

So so healthy and yummy..

Sangeetha Nambi said... Best Blogger Tips

Omg ! Love it !

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

never going to make this one, but love to try to some south indian friend's house

Kurinji said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, healthy and yummy puttu...

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

healthy and delicious..very nicely explained..

jasna varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

Barley is loved here, but not used very often. This recipe sounds interesting.

Recipe world said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a healthy n delicious recipe..would love to try it sometime!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Too good, very healthy recipe

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow healthy and yummy puttu..

Indu said... Best Blogger Tips

Malayali's swantham puttu and kadala...Presented beautifully!


FLAVZCORNER said... Best Blogger Tips

Barley puttu looks very soft!!! I have to give this a try.

The Yogi Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

Got some barley hanging round in the cupboard; will try this deliciousness. thanks for sharing :)

Sooriya said... Best Blogger Tips

Bookmarked...thats an awesome post with tempting pics!!!

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds very healthy and lovely pics..

Anu Yalo said... Best Blogger Tips

Didnt try it yet...Healthy one...looks yum with Kadala curry