Steamed Pittu with Crab

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
10 min
55 min

6 servings

  • 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
  • Special equipment: a steamer or steamer baskets, cheesecloth or paper towel, food processor and Pittu steamer, see Cook's Note**
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *Cook's Note: Urad dal flour is ground split white gram beans. It can be found in Indian stores.

  • ** Cook's Note: Pittu steamers can be found in specialty Sri Lankan stores.

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