Putu – traditional fragrant pandan cake

kue putu

kue putu

Kue putu is my childhood’s favorite street food. It is an indonesian green rice flour cake with palm sugar inside it. The cake is made by steaming it inside a short bamboo pipe for a few minutes, producing fragrant pandan aroma and unique whistling sound. Kue putu has a very tender texture and after the steaming the palm sugar has a texture like liquid caramel. Kue putu is usually served with greated coconut. In the past, steamed kue putu was much more popular and is usually sold in a cart by peddlers.

Kue in Indonesian literally means cake. There are other cakes that is also called putu, such as putu ayu. It is not to be mistaken with Puto, a philipinese cake which is also made of rice cake and also Indian putu mayang which is served with coconut milk.

a peddler and his cart

a peddler and his cart

Rice flour and palm sugar

Rice flour and palm sugar

steamed is flowing from bellow the bamboo pipes through a small hole from the boiler

steamed is flowing from bellow the bamboo pipes through a small hole from the boiler

Kue Putu being steamed in short bamboo pipes

Kue Putu being steamed in short bamboo pipes

Kue Putu

Kue Putu

steamed kue putu with grated coconut

steamed kue putu with grated coconut

travel theme: Fragrant

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