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Vella puttu for navaratri | navaratri recipes | with video

by Jeyashri suresh

Vella puttu we generally make during navaratri fridays, but i remember my grandmother makes this vella puttu when the girl kid at homes attains puberty or the coconut tree starts giving flowers. This puttu can be done with rice flour| idiyappam flour too.  Try out this easy Navaratri recipe . Check out my other navaratri recipes too.

Vella puttu recipe

  Preparation Time : 10 mins + soaking time 1 hour | Cooking Time : 35 Mins |Serves: 2

     Raw rice   1/4 cup
     Jaggery   1/4 cup
     Ghee   1/2 tsp
     Cashew nuts  few
     Cardamom powder  a pinch
     Turmeric powder  a pinch
     Salt  a pinch
     Coconut  2 tblsp
     Edible camphor | pacha karpooram  a pinch  Optional
                                             Video of vella puttu


Vella puttu


  • Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Later drain the water and spread this in a towel. I spread in a thick kitchen towel, for 15 minutes.
  • The cloth will absorb all the water and the rice will be dry.
  • Grind this into a fine powder in mixer.
  • Sieve it nicely and grind it again. Alternatively you can use store bought rice flour.
rice rice flour
  • Dry roast this rice flour in low flame till it changes into light brown colour.
  • Mix the turmeric and salt and little water and sprinkle on the roasted flour.
  • Mix it well. The consistency should be if you hold it tightly it should hold, and if you break it it should break like a sand.
  • Steam this rice flour mix by tying it in a cloth for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • With a back of a ladle break the lumps and make it into very smooth and soft.
  • My mom gave a short cut for this, asked me to grind the steamed flour in a dry mixer. I did the same and it was perfect.
  • Heat jaggery in a pan by adding 1/4 cup of water.
  • Let this boil in a medium flame.
  • Take a little water in a small bowl. This is to check the consistency of the jaggery.
  • Just add a few drops of nicely boiling jaggery into the water.
  • If you could able to make it a hard ball,then switch off the stove.
  • Otherwise allow it to boil till u reach the consistency.
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  • Transfer the steamed rice flour to a wide bowl. Add the jaggery syrup to this and mix well nicely with the back of a ladle. Fry cashew in ghee till golden brown and add it to the vella puttu and mix well.
  • Roast the cashew nuts in ghee and add to this . Add cardamom powder to this. Add the edible camphor if adding. Add the grated coconut to this . Mix well.
  • Super soft puttu is ready for neivedyam.
Vella puttu
  1. The steaming is more important. Do not take it before 15 minutes. Else it won’t be perfect.
  2. Also the mixing of the roasted with water to make it crumbs should also be perfect. That sand texture should be maintained, else puttu will be hard and dry.
  3. The consistency of the jaggery is more important too as it makes the puttu fluffy .
  4. Instead of making rice flour you can soak the rice and home dry it for 15 minutes and roast the rice nicely till golden reddish brown. Then powder it and continue with sprinkling of water and steam.

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Sona - quick picks/pick quicks September 26, 2013 - 8:26 am

interesting Jeyashri....this is new to me...lovely neyvedhyam...

Kaveri Venkatesh September 26, 2013 - 8:32 am

Lokks yummy..

Kaveri Venkatesh September 26, 2013 - 8:32 am

Lokks yummy..

AparnaRajeshkumar September 26, 2013 - 8:34 am

exactly the way we do !

Radha Natarajan September 26, 2013 - 9:15 am

beautiffuly explained the steps. good recipe

CHITRA September 26, 2013 - 10:36 am

We too make the same way .. lovely clicks 🙂

kanimozhi vasanth September 26, 2013 - 11:39 am

I liked this receipe so much ..... Small suggestion ... Add some more festival sweets ...

Premalatha Aravindhan September 26, 2013 - 12:06 pm

I too make the same way,deliciius puttu...

Veena Theagarajan September 26, 2013 - 1:08 pm

I also have it in my draft.. one of my fav snack from my childhood. Looks soo yummy Jey

Shabitha Karthikeyan September 26, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Looks delicious. Amma makes it but I never tried it.

Priya Suresh September 26, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Wonderfully done,who can resist to this vella puttu..

Sangeetha Priya September 27, 2013 - 2:24 am

delicious puttu...

Gayathri Ramanan September 27, 2013 - 3:36 am

Yummy puttu...perfectly made

Shanthi September 27, 2013 - 4:20 am

Awesome and tempting

Hema September 27, 2013 - 4:25 pm

I have tasted this many times, but haven't tried making it, thanks for sharing this,,

tinku shaji September 28, 2013 - 6:18 am

The puttu looks so good.

Sona S September 28, 2013 - 8:16 am

Looks delicious and yummy.

Akshara S October 8, 2013 - 5:11 am

Can we use the idiyaappam rice powder instead of the the home made one?

jeyashri suresh October 9, 2013 - 8:35 am

Yes you can try with idiyappam flour too

Subhasri Devaraj September 16, 2017 - 2:39 pm

yummy recipe sizzy, i never heard this recipe, gonna try this thx for the recipe

Swarna October 12, 2018 - 5:35 pm

Every year i come here to see and do this. Thanks Jayashree.

Jeyashris Kitchen October 13, 2018 - 2:38 am

Thank you so much

Swarna October 12, 2018 - 5:36 pm

Also I always use idli rava , makes perfect puttu

Jeyashris Kitchen October 13, 2018 - 2:37 am

That's an interesting idea. Will give it a try. Thank you for sharing


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