Steamed Pittu with Crab

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 55 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Cook’s Note

* Urad dal flour is ground split white gram beans. It can be found in Indian stores. ** Pittu steamers can be found in specialty Sri Lankan stores.

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