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Puttu - pearl balls in sweet coconut sauce

It is not considered to be Passover if you do not prepare puttu during the holiday.

Puttu is very small balls made of matzah flour or rice flour - for the gluten-free version, whichever is preferred. They are steamed and served with a sweet coconut and date hony sauce.

This is probably a unique ancient version for the Cochin Jews since, in India, the puttu is completely different. Puttu is made of rice flour and coconut mixture, shaped as a roll that and cooked in a special long steamer. it is served and eaten with curry dishes. There is also a sweet version but it looks and is served differently.

In our family, making the puttu is a family ritual. Everyone sits around the table and dribbles the small balls with their fingers. The balls are very small, with a diameter of about 0.5 cm, just like pearls. That's the secret of the magic, the incredible texture and the taste. If the balls are big, it will not be the same!


For balls:

1.5 cups of rice flour or matzah flour

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of water

For the sauce:

5 tablespoons of sugar

1/2 cup of water

1 cup ground coconut

1 Can (240 ml) of coconut cream


Date Honey

preparation method:

  1. Put the rice flour or matzah flour in a bowl

  2. Add a little salt

  3. Add the water gradually and knead until a stable and non-sticky dough is obtained

  4. dribble tiny balls with the help of your fingers, with the size of no more then 0.5 cm

  5. Put on a flat plate aside

  6. Boil water in a steamer. When the water boils, lower the heat.

  7. Put the balls over the steaming grid and cook with the lid closed for about 15 minutes

  8. Remove carefully and set aside

  9. Boil water with sugar in a small pot

  10. When the water boils and the sugar melts, add the ground coconut and mix

  11. Add the coconut cream and bring to a boil

  12. Cook for another 5 minutes


Put 2-3 tablespoons of balls in a samll serving bowl

Pour over 3-4 tablespoons of the coconut sauce (as much as you like)

Decorate with a small amount of date honey

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