Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Pittu is a special south Indian delicacy. If at all you want to make a sweet as well as spicy item for your breakfast, then this is a handy recipe that you can make. Same base serves for both the items. :)

To make dhall idly


Bengal gram dhall - 1 cup
Moong dhall - 1 cup
Salt - for taste


Soak both the dhalls together for an hour. Grind it coarsely in the consistency of idly batter. Now add salt to it and make idlis.

After it cools down completely, sprinkle little hot water and crumble it well. You can run it in the mixie for few seconds to make this job easier.

Once this is done partition it into two portions to make sweet pittu as well as spicy pittu.

Sweet Pittu


Dhall Idly Crumbles: 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Coconut scrapings - 2 tbsp
Cashews - few
Ghee - 1 tsp


Take the sugar in a pan and add some water to it and boil till one string consistency. Put the crumbled idlis, mix well and remove from fire. Add grated fresh coconut, fried cashew nuts, cardamom powder along with little ghee. This pittu is slightly sticky in nature.

This is a lovely and healthy sweet that you can make along with the spicy once for breakfast on special occasions.

Spicy Pittu


Dhall Idly Crumbles: 1 cup
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Bengal gram dhal - 1/2 tsp

Urad dhall - 1/2 tsp
Chilly - 4(According to your taste)
Coconut scrapings - 2 tbsp
Lemon extract - 3 tsp
Coriander leaves
Curry leaves
Salt - for taste


In a pan, take a 3 tsp of oil and crackle mustard, bengal gram dhall, urad dhall and curry leaves. Make the chillies into a smooth paste and add it to the pan. Now put in the dhall idli crumbles and mix well. Finally add coconut scrappins, salt, lemon extract and coriander leaves to it and mix well. Spicy pittu is ready to eat. :) This pittu would be like upma. i.e crumbled form and not sticky.

Serve it hot. :) Happy cooking. :)

Written by: Nithya
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Faiza Ali said...

Wow ! Nice recipe and lovely presentation as usual :) And I also like that cute Swan of yours :)

Mangala Bhat said...

Wow! Ovely post what a wonderful presentation derie ..Looks perfect ...Yummy!..Congrts on ur award ..and Thanks for passing that to me :)

Christo Gonzales said...

how did you make the paper flowers and the paper swan?

VineelaSiva said...

Wow nice recipe.Never heard this method.I will try one time.I will bookmark this.

Anonymous said...

Healthy pittu makes me drool...and cute presentation too !!

Parita said...

Hmm interesting, i like the spicy one more!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

lovely craft & food.....

Sailaja Damodaran said...

infact learnt some decorations from u......

Sanghi said...

Yummmy pittu Nithya.. Excellent craft and presentation.. good click too..! Great work! I'm extending FIL - brinjal to Jul 31st so send some entries too..!

Anupama said...

Been a long time since I had pittu... thanks for reminding me and for the recipe too :-). Awesome presentation!!!

Rekha shoban said...

wonderful presentation...nice recipe

Anu said...

Yummy and healthy pittu... Excellent craft and presentation.... Looks Awesome.....

Vibaas said...

i love puttu and more than the puttu i'm just awestruck by that beautiful swan :-) You have a nice blog.

kittymatti said...

Such a great feast to the tastebuds and eyes! lovely nithya!!!

Anuradha said...

Lovely pittu, awesome presentation!!!

chef and her kitchen said...

I loved ur paper swan more than anything..n ur pittu's are equally good too

Dhanya Ganesh said...

Puttu looks delicious.Also Luved the papaer swan and flowers. I am sure you made those awesome stuff:).

Divya Kudua said...

Pittu is such a sweet name.We lovingly call our Puttu,Pittu sometimes..:).I am surprised that there is actually a dish named Pittu:).Never heard of it but the sweet version is tempting..;)

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Loved your paper swan. And Pittu looks yummy.

Jen Kumar said...

You have made time consuming recipes (for many of us) look effortless! I am intrigued by how you make the food, write the post, and arrange the photography. How long does it take you to create one post?

You should seriously consider putting your blog info together into a book!

Jen Kumar said...

I meant to ask, but can't find your email ID, can I have permission to reprint your swan photo in two of my blogs with your credits? If so, please send a version of it to my e-mail id at jenkumar@gmail.com

The blogs are www.alaivani.com

Thank you!!

Nithya said...

very true Jennifer.. it does take a long time. In fact cooking is something that takes the least time, arranging and photography the max.. and guess what!!! I dont have a nice camera.. I use my Cell phone camera to click these pics. :)

I love what I do and I enjoy making it perfect. So these efforts make me happy at the end and the comments that you people send are my boost to do more every time. :)

Thanks to all. :)

Anonymous said...

Very useful dish...never heard before...
cute presentation!!!

Kalaivani said...

wonderful recipe,will bookmark it.BTW the paper flowers and swan look fab.Wonderful work.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

hey somehow i missed this post..pittu thats my fav particularly i love this sweet one... so much tempted seeing this..

sangeeta said...

thanks for visiting my blog Nithya...
i found your blod this way n it;s a good one....and this is the first time i've foungd another blogger who clicks with her cell phone cam...i do the same...i do not edit my pictures even...don't have time to do that..

? said...

Loved your paper swan; would be wonderful if you could post a 'how to'!:-)

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