Happy Puthari everyone! Today, I am taking you on a journey back to my roots, my native, my happy place – Coorg. Coorg was our home, mainly for all our summer vacations back in our school years. I have beautiful memories and food stories attached to my land. And I intend to bring to you all those wonderful delicacies. We celebrated one of our most important festivals yesterday – Puthari. It is the annual rice harvest festival, usually falls towards the end of Novemeber or early December and is celebrated with grand fevour and gaiety amongst Coorgis / Kodavas.
The festival is similar to thanksgiving and brings the entire community together dancing and singing to the chants of ‘Poli, Poli, Poli Deva!’ Food is always an integral part of any celebration and Puthari is no different. Various rice preparations in the form of puttus and puddings ( payasam) are served.
When you move overseas, it is important that you explore and adopt to local traditions. Personally for me, it is also very important that my family and I remain grounded to my roots and culture. And so in my quest to keep these important traditions alive at my place, I wanted to cook some Coorgi specialties.
One such speciality is Thambutt or Thambittu. It is essentially made with bananas, thambutt powder, coconut and sesame seeds. The most essential part of this dish is the Thambutt powder or podi as we call it. I disliked Thambutt as a kid and my parents had many failed attempts getting my sister and me to like it. Over the years, I have really come to like it so much. The wonderful aroma of cardamom and banana and the crunch, is unique. To think of it – it was really the ghee in Thambutt that I disliked. (Silly me) Not that I like ghee now but I have definitely developed a taste for it.
Needless to say, I was thrilled when I was able to replicate this dish for the first time ever and reproduce a part of my tradition and heritage. I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious treat from Coorg.
THAMBUTT PODI OR POWDER
100gms par-boiled rice
1/4 tsp fenugreek /methi seeds
¼ tsp cardamom seeds
- In a pan, roast the par-boiled rice, fenugreek seeds and cardamom seeds on a medium flame, until the colour changes to dark brown.
- Set aside in a plate and allow it to cool completely before you grind it to a fine dry powder.
- The powder can be stored in a dry airtight container for later use.
*Note: I have used approximations here. You can add more cardamom depending on your preference. Be conversative with using fenugreek – too much can give a bitter flavor to your dish.
4 medium ripe bananas
4 tsp Thambutt powder
2 tsp sesame seeds, roasted
2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
2 tsp ghee for serving
Sugar/honey as required
Pinch of salt
- Peel and mash the bananas.
- Add sugar or honey to adjust the sweetness according to your taste. I added only 1 tsp of honey.
- Add roasted sesame seeds and grated coconut to the mixture. Keep some aside for garnishing.
- Add the thambutt powder, salt and combine well.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and top it with remaining sesame seeds and coconut.
- Before serving top it with melted ghee (clarified butter).
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38 thoughts on “Thambutt”
I love traditional food and the stories associated with it! Lovely post <3
Thank you so much Garima for reading on 🙂 It is very special to me..
Happy Puthari to you dear! this dish sounds yummy!!
Thanks darling 🙂
wow very different and yummy
Yes it is 🙂 have a good weekend Lyn
Yes I have never heard of this, lovely!
Coorgi are very ethnic tribe – many haven’t heard of these classic recipes
That is such a lovely presentation. This is something new to me. Looks so yummy!
Thank you Kushi 😘
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Well, very elegant and unique recipe for rice!
🙂 thank you so much !
simply delectable and incredibly well presented.
Love the presentation and the memories associated with it. A very unique dish indeed.
Thank you so much Aanchal 🙂
Never heard of this before..looks delicious
Thank you Lathiya 🙂
Awesome traditional recipe and very well written post.
Thanks Soma 🙂
This looks so rich and decident!! Yummilicious 🙂
Thank you Soniya 🙂
This is new to me. Looks delicious.
🙂 regional dishes need to be made popular
This recipe is new to me, looks delicious almost like a Raab 🙂
We prepare this thambutt for all our habba too. Loved your intro.
Oh really 🙂 the Nada Habba ? interesting .. thanks so much
Very interesting dish 🙂 Love the color and texture and looks so scrumptious!
Traditional recipies are always the best..this is awesome
Thank you dear 😊I love them too
Such a unique recipe and healthy too!
Yes it’s indeed special
I hope you had lovely time celebrating this festival, love authentic dishes and this look yummy 🙂
Thank you so much Jagruti 😘
Love the traditional dishes.. I love to learn something new everyday and this is sure I will try! Looks very delicious.
I agree.. these classic dishes keep our authenticity alive 😊 do let me know when you try it