Tantalize your taste buds with these scrumptious chemmeen puttu. This delicious dish is inspired from the taste of Malabar region of Kerala. Made of rice flour, the soft and fluffy rice cakes are layered in between with spicy prawn masala. It is a perfect dish to try out when you get some fresh prawns. We make puttu usually with layers of grated coconut between the rice cakes. Try out this interesting recipe and add spicy prawn masala instead of coconut between the layers.
Chemmeen puttu is my favorite choice of puttu to make at home. It is quite easy and simple. I usually prepare this puttu for lunch or dinner. It could be served as is, and no additional side dish is needed.
First, clean and wash the prawns. Keep them aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add in the chopped onion and saute until they turn light pink. Then add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes off. Add in the green chilies, curry leaves and chopped tomatoes. Saute until the tomatoes turn soft. Next add the turmeric powder. Then add in the cleaned prawns and mix well. Add salt as required. Saute for a couple of minutes and then cook closed for 10-15 minutes. Once done, switch the flame off. Keep this aside.
Next, to prepare the puttu, mix the rice flour and salt in a bowl. Add water little by little to form small crumbs. You get various brands of rice flour or puttu podi in the market. Prepare the rice crumbs as per the instructions given in the packet, using the correct amount of water. Keep it closed and allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes.
Now take the puttu vessel (puttu maker). Add in little grated coconut to form the base. Next add a handful or two of the prepared rice crumbs. Then add 2 tbsp of the prawn masala. Again top it with handfuls of rice crumbs. Next add a layer of prawn filling. And to finish it, add the last layer of rice crumbs and finally little grated coconut. Steam for about 15-20 minutes on medium high, until cooked. Repeat the process until you use up all of the rice flour mixture and prawn filling. Serve hot.
This chemmeen puttu recipe is especially useful when yo have guests at home. This could be prepared in bulk and saves time. If you have a pair of puttu maker, then even better. When one vessel of puttu is being cooked, you can fill and keep the other one ready, and continue the cycle.
So wait not, try out this delicious puttu and let me know how it turned out for you.