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Kappa Puttu, Kerala Kappa Puttu Recipe

Kappa Puttu is Kerala's own traditional Puttu. Puttu is a traditional Kerala breakfast and is healthy as rice flour is steamed to cook. Kappa puttu is an easy and quick puttu recipe. Kappa or Tapioca is made into soft puttu and can be had as a breakfast. These traditional dishes are healthy and filling and should be included into our diets as it is steamed, gluten free and vegan.

I have noticed some recipes on the internet where raw kappa or tapioca is grated and the water is squeezed out and mixed with rice flour to make kappa puttu. I personally do not have the patience to grate raw kappa (tapioca), you know how hard that job could be....grating raw hard stubborn kappa!! No way!

Traditionally, to make kappa puttu; kappa is sliced and then added to boiling water and then strained and sun dried....these sun dried kappa is then powdered and stored to make kappa puttu....well, this method is also hard job for I always rule out these two methods mainly because grinding the sun dried kappa is not that easy....and slicing them, sun drying them etc etc....not my kind of cooking....if you are a regular here, you kind of cooking is EASY!

So, you might wonder how I make soft and delicious kappa puttu?? okay, I am about to spill out my secret and yes, you will not find this published anywhere on the internet or any cookery books....its my own creation :) and all it takes to make the kappa puttu flour is less than 5 minutes! 

Your do love kappa puzhungiyathu or boiled kappa, dont you? (I love it!!) and I am sure you might have some left over kappa puzhungiyathu in the fridge. Just takeout that cold refrigerated leftover kappa and follow my can have soft kappa puttu with meen curry...yum!

Working ladies (this is for you, Mitha) you will be so glad that I created this recipe; if you have some left over kappa in the fridge make this for dinner or as after school snack for kids with meen easy!

Healthy and filling for growing kids....and get traditional the easy way.

No more grating raw kappa!

Author: Nisa Homey
Recipe Source: Nisa Homey/
Serves: 2 to 3.
Preparation Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 10 min.

Boiled Kappa/Tapioca: 1 cup, chopped into smaller pieces.
Raw Rice Flour: 1/2 cup, homemade or store-bought (you can get this in grocery shops)
Salt: 1/2 tsp.
Grated Coconut: 1/2 cup.

Take out left over cold and refrigerated boiled kappa/tapioca slice thinly, or cut into cubes or whatever shape you prefer....fill into a should be heaped.
What I do always is; I just take a handful of kappa puzhungiyathu (boiled kappa) and slice or chop them into the dry grinder and top with a handful of rice flour, for your easy understanding I have made it into a recipe with cups.

Put this kappa into the dry grinder jar of your mixie (use only the dry grinder jar). Then top with 1/2 cup of roasted rice flour or iddiyappam podi.

Add in half tsp salt.

Close your dry mixer bowl and pulse 30 - 40 seconds and you will get this lightly crumb like kappa puttu podi....I told you its easy!! No grating of raw kappa is needed.....easy kappa puttu podi :)
Note: That there is not a drop of water is used to make this podi....and use your dry grinder only.

Lets steam the kappa podi.
Into the puttu maker or if you do not have puttu maker do not worry, you still can make puttu with chiratta (coconut shell) add in 1 to 2 tbsp of grated coconut.

Top it with kappa puttu podi....I prefer to spoon in the podi.

I like to use my pressure cooker to steam puttu, this particular chiratta puttu kutti can be placed on top of the hob of cooker filled with water and steamed. You can also use this puttu maker on top of a puttu kudam but it will take longer time to cook. Steaming in cooker takes about 2- 3 min.
With this measure, I got three kutti.

Soft kappa puttu is ready, making this easier than writing this post for you :)
I served with Nadan Meen Curry or you can have with Mathi Mulakittathu.

Want to know how to make Easy Kerala Puttu; no need to wet the podi with water and I know how difficult it is for a novice cook, check out my easy method to make puttu podi.


  1. Wow Thanks chechi u made my day. .
    Shall Try this next time I buy kappa. Easy to have while on diet as well.

    1. he he he u heard me right alle ?? yes I eat some starchy veg thrice a week .

  2. Have never seen fresh tapioca over here...the steamed rice sounds and looks great, esp. when paired with coconut.

  3. I wish I could come to your home and spend a few days with you cooking in your kitchen. I could learn SO much and be able to taste so many different foods that I've never tasted before. I would love to give this a try!

    1. Thank you MJ for stopping by with this beautiful comment; you are always welcome and I must say that I learn a lot of things from you as well and love your recipes.

  4. I tried it and published on my page:)Thank you chechy

    1. Hi Remya, thanks a lot for trying out my recipe and mentioning me on ur post :)


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