Puttu and Kabuli Channa Curry


‘Puttu and Kadala Curry’ is a classic breakfast in Kerala, especially among Christians.  Usually, Black channa/ Bengal gram is used to make the curry to be served with ‘Puttu’.  But I prefer ‘Kabuli Channa Curry’, because it has a sweet taste which makes the combination much more tastier!  ‘Puttu’ can also be served with chicken or mutton curry, green gram curry or with pappads and small plantains.  It is a really healthy and yummy breakfast!

I am showing it off to Dhivya of Dil Se

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I have used Chembavu Puttu flour which is made from Kerala brown rice.  Therefore the brown colour.  It is healthier and tastier than the white variety.  Puttu is made using the grainier variety rice flour.  You can also use the fine rice flour.  But care must be taken not to form lumps.  Puttu flour is readily available in all Indian stores and supermarkets.


Puttu rice flour – 1 cup

Grated coconut – 1/2 cup

Water – as required

Salt – to taste


Add salt and to the water.  Take the puttu flour in a vessel and add the salt water little by little and mix gently using both the hands.  Break all the lumps that are formed and mix until it is like bread crumbs.  Keep aside.  Now fill the puttu kudam with water and let it boil.  Take the puttu kutti and put some coconut into it.  Then add puttu flour and then coconut.  Repeat the process to fill it.  The top layer should be coconut.  Keep it on top of the kudam and steam cook for 10 minutes.  Serve with Channa Curry.


Kabuli Channa Curry

To make this curry, you can either soak half a cup of Channa in water overnight, cook it in a pressure cooker for 12 minutes, or use one cup of canned Channa.  This Channa curry can also be served with appam, idiyappam, rotis, puris or even bread!


Kabuli channa – 1 cup boiled

Onion – 1 medium sliced

Tomato – 1 medium chopped

Ginger – 1″ piece chopped

Garlic – 1 chopped

Green chillies – 2 chopped

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Channa masala – 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Grated coconut – 1/2 cup

Water – 1 cup

Salt – to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp


Grind the coconut to a fine paste.  Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.  Add onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves.  Saute till onions turn light brown.  Add tomatoes and fry till the oil separates.  Now add channa masala and turmeric powder. Saute for a few seconds and add boiled channa, ground coconut paste, salt and water.  Mix well and allow it to simmer till the gravy is of medium thick consistency.  Serve it hot with Puttu and enjoy!

  1. Thats a typical Kerala Breakfast Lissie.Wherever we are Puttu and kadala is our fav forever..!!

  2. wow!It’s my fav breakfast….!MOUTHWATERNG PRESENTAION…!

  3. Ann, you are absolutely right! 😉 Puttu and Kadala will always remain as the fav breakfast of all Malayalis forever…! 😛

  4. Sangi, it’s my fav too! 😯 Thanks!

  5. My favourite combo! Irresistible one!

  6. Delicious combo Lissie… looks too good and also the puttu with that brown rice 🙂

  7. Nice entry for the event,I hav heard a lot abt this combo,never had chance to taste it,looks nice:)

  8. going to make it this weekend! 🙂

  9. Thank you Pooja, Padma and Nags for your love and support!

  10. Hi Raks, nice to hear from you after a long time! It is a surprise to me that you haven’t tasted ‘puttu and kadala’. Try this out…I am sure you are going to love it!

  11. Nice combo!!!
    Drop in sometime

  12. perfect breakfast dish!

    Thanks for letting me know about the ingredients I missed..Have included them and re-posted!

  13. OO! this looks so authentic and tempting. Lovely pictures

  14. Wat a delectable combination Lissie!!looks yummyyy

  15. That makes a lovely breakfast. Thanks for sending it to Show Me Your Breakfast event!

  16. I love puttu.. though i have never tried it…. 🙁 Have to get puttu kudam during my next trip 😀

  17. Thank you Chaitra! see you often…

  18. Thanks a lot Priya, Ann and Priya for your support!

  19. Welcome to my blog, Divya! looking foreward to the round up… thanks!

  20. Anu, don’t worry about puttu kudam. You can place the prepared puttu flour on a muslin cloth and steam cook or even use your idli mould to steam it. Thanks!

  21. feeling like come to you place and having it….looks so tempting dear…

  22. Wow!!! u makes me drooling with this lissie!!!

  23. Thank you Preeti and Sarah for your love and support!