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Little India Hot Puttu For Supper Penang

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Little India Hot Puttu For Supper Penang

Penang Street, Penang

Little India Hot Puttu For Supper Penang

A popular choice for breakfast or a light supper, hot puttu also means “portioned” in Tamil.

Coarsely ground rice flour is filled in stainless Puttu vessels, sprinkled gently with centers of brown sugar and steamed over high heat until it set the rice mixture.

Easy to make, the moisture content of the Puttu flour will determine its dryness or softness. Since it’s bland on its own, Puttu is eaten with a little brown sugar and freshly grated coconut.

In the evenings, a stall outside a coffee shop at the junction of Penang Street and China Street sells Hot Puttu, three pieces for RM3

How to Steam Hot Puttu?

It looks simple enough. The little towers of puttu containers are lined up to be filled.

Besides the Puttu, the vendor has three types of Kolkatai, which are sweet steamed dumplings made of rice flour.  Interestingly, these are hand-formed instead of made in molds.

All the varieties have coconut chunks and are delicious without being overly sweet.  5 small pieces are sold for RM2.

Little India Hot Puttu For Supper Penang
Metal containers for steaming the hot puttu

Little India Hot Puttu For Supper Penang

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Eswari fills the Puttu containers by hand.
Little India Hot Puttu For Supper Penang
The ready puttu served with shaved coconut flesh and brown sugar. Photo: Doris Lim

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Little India Hot Puttu For Supper Penang
Friendly and ever-smiling Eswari! Photo: Doris Lim

Another delicious treat is Puttu Mayong which is sold in the evenings in Little India.


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