Six ways to make your classic puttu extra nutritious

Marble puttu. Photo: Onmanorama

Kerala's breakfast favourite puttu which is cooked in steam is considered one of the healthiest Indian dishes to start your day with. Nothing feels more 'Malayali-sque' than crumbling these soft rice cakes layered with coconut and mashing them with a serving of spicy chickpea curry, probably with a side of plantains and a cup of steaming cardamom tea.

Puttu can be had in a variety of ways – puttu and green grams, puttu and fish, puttu and meat or egg curries are some of the evergreen combinations. Besides, you could also enjoy puttu with sweet, ripe bananas too. However, health experts says that it is better to avoid meat dishes in the morning. So may be give a pass for the puttu-duck curry combo as the first meal of the day.

Also, the sweet tooths out there who'd like to throw in some loose sugar in your puttu-pzaham combo might have to watch out. Keep your sugar intake minimal in order to ensure that your breakfast remain healthy.

Now, if you are bored of the plain white rice puttu, here are six ways in which you could make the regular puttu extra nutritious:

• Add grated carrot along with coconut.

• Wheat and millet puttu are loaded with nutrients

• Puttu is excellent for diabetic patients; however, make sure to eat minimally.

• Always mix a small piece of puttu with some curry to avoid over eating.

• Try making puttu in coconut shells or bamboo.

• Sprouts or Bengal gram curry tastes best with puttu.  

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