Makes: 1 normal puttu or 2 chitta puttu
1 cup / 200 g (Indian standard measuring cup of 200 ml / 8 oz capacity) whole wheat atta ( do not dry roast whole wheat atta ) Aashirwad / Pillsburry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup grated carrot
Take a big flat bowl. Add 1 cup whole wheat atta and salt. Sprinkle water and mix it with fingers. Mix it slowly so that it won't roll into small balls.
Break any whole wheat balls which forms during mixing. Spray water little by little. ( Please note that to mix a cup of whole wheat atta, one may not need more than 1/5th of a cup of water).
After mixing atta; the mixture should be just wet or moistened atta (un- like chapatti dough or batter for dosa). Whole wheat atta should not be dry but wet enough for steaming . Cover and keep aside for half an hour.
This puttu maker / gadget will essentially have a sieve at the bottom. Place 2 tablespoon layer of grated carrot at the bottom. Then fill with prepared whole wheat mixture. Close with lid.
Important while filling: Do not apply pressure on the filling. The filling should be packed loosely inside the puttu maker. Else the puttu will come out like a missile (there will be a pressure built up beneath it and steam will not pass through it) and will end up as a big disaster.
Steam it on the pressure cooker on medium flame for 5-8 minutes till a consistent stream of steam emanates from the top of puttu maker. Carefully remove puttu from pressure cooker and invert it into a serving plate. Serve with payaru /kadala curry / pappadam / pazham (ripe banana)..