This Kerala joint serves puttu to fit your political inclinations

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This Kerala joint serves puttu to fit your political inclinations

With the native physique elections across the nook, the ‘political puttu’ at Amina’s Puttu Kada at Kuttichal in Thiruvananthapuram district is way in demand

‘Political puttu’ is a hot-seller in Amina’s Puttu Kada, a small, no-frills resort in Kuttichal, about 28 km from Thiruvananthapuram. With the native physique elections across the nook, this ‘political puttu’ is way in demand, and Zulfikar, the proprietor, and chef is just too glad to oblige.

Puttu, normally a mixture of rice flour and grated coconut steamed in cylindrical containers, is a breakfast staple within the state. The ‘political puttu’ is within the colors of the flags of Kerala’s political events. “For supporters of the Communist Celebration of India (Marxist) and the CPI, there’s pink puttu, colored naturally with beetroot. Orange puttu, flavored and colored with carrots, is for followers of the Bharatiya Janata Celebration whereas the ‘Congress puttu’, aka ‘Sabari puttu’ [named after the area’s MLA KS Sabarinathan], is available in orange, white and inexperienced. I make the inexperienced by mixing edible leaves and herbs. For the Indian Union Muslim League members, there’s the green-colored puttu,” explains Zulfikar.


Amina’s Puttu Kada was born 5 years in the past when Zulfikar, a mill proprietor, determined to open a small restaurant that offered solely puttu. Since he wished to be completely different from the lodges and joints at Kuttichal junction, he determined to specialize.

Star on the menu

Based on Zulfikar, the star on the menu is ‘Sundari puttu’, which is available in six completely different colors and flavors. “So, there’s rice flour, carrot, beetroot, greens, cornflour, and ragi flour. It’s wholesome too since it’s crammed with greens,” he provides.


In March, simply earlier than the lockdown, Zulfikar was promoting 61 sorts of puttu, starting from a number of sorts of candy puttu to those created from ragi, cornflour, wheat, and rice. “Youngsters used to benefit from the puttu I used to make with chocolate, chocolate milk powders, biscuits, dates, and many others. I’ve stopped making these as most households are nonetheless not venturing out of the dwelling,” he factors out, including, “The lockdown was not simple to barter. So I added dosa, Kerala porottas, and idiyappam to the menu.”

Enterprise is limping again to regular, and Zulfikar hopes it is going to go full steam quickly. He says that after the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre at Kottoor had reopened, guests began trickling in throughout the holidays.

However, Amina opens solely at four pm now.

Earlier than the lockdown, diners used to come back all the best way from town to have puttu at my place. Meat and hen curries and fries, kadala curry, payar and pappadam are served with the puttu,” he says.


At current, Zulfikar is cook dinner, resort, and waiter at Amina’s. His solely assistant is his spouse, Shaheena. Though he has a teenager to make the porottas, the puttu is made solely by the couple. “Since I’ve got a mill, all of the flour might be floor there. The remainder of the work is finished by one in all of us. I need to ensure that the puttu tastes identical every single day. That’s the USP,” he asserts.

The sorts of puttu are priced between ₹20 and ₹25. Zulfikar says that there are hardly any celebrities who would go to the place and go without tasting the puttu at Amina’s.


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