Steamed Pittu with Crab

  • Yield : 6 servings
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 55m
  • Ready In : 5m
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  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted urad dal flour, see Cook's Note*
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup tinned crab meat, well drained
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh coconut, plus 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves


Step 1

Line a steamer with several layers of cheesecloth and fill with the all purpose flour. Steam for 45 minutes. Spread the steamed flour on a baking sheet to cool. 

Step 2

Combine the steamed flour, roasted urad dal flour, and salt in a large bowl. Add the hot water, a little at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the dough resembles cornmeal (may not need all the water). Place the mixture in a food processor and pulse until it resembles couscous. 

Step 3

Pour into a large bowl and mix in the crab meat, 1/2 cup grated coconut, shallots and basil. Pack the Pittu steamer** with 1 tablespoon of coconut then 1/2 cup Pittu mix, repeat until the steamer is full. Steam for 5 to 7 minutes, until the steam comes out the top of the steamer. Push the Pittu out of the steamer onto a platter.

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