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Traditional Indonesian dessert: KUE PUTU

Kue Putu or Putu Bamboo is a traditional steamed dessert with cylindrical shape and green, originating in Indonesia. The cake is made of rice flour and has a green color with extract obtained from Pandan leaf, stuffed with palm sugar, and steamed in bamboo tubes, hence its name, and served with shredded coconut.

Recipe: Kue Putu

This traditional bite-sized cake is commonly found in many Southeast Asian countries. Kue Putu can also be found in the Netherlands due to its colonial ties to Indonesia.

Kue Putu Traditional Indonesian Food

In Indonesia, kue putu is one of the most traditional desserts, a popular street food sold by street vendors, along with klepon, which is basically ball-shaped kue putu, but made with glutinous rice flour and with a sticky appearance.

The variation of the kue putu is usually in its shapes or fillers. In Southeast Asia there are putu cakes of different shapes with ingredients, filling and similar recipes. Traditionally, putu cake is stuffed with palm sugar. Today, however, there are many new variations that use different fillings, such as chocolate.

🍽️ Kue Putu: Ingredients

  • 200g rice flour
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Cake emulsifier
  • Pandan leaf extract syrup
  • 2 Pandan leaves
  • Salt
  • Cooking oil
  • Shredded coconut
Kue Putu Traditional Indonesian Food

👨🏼 🍳 Kue Putu: Steps to take for its preparation

• Step 1:

Preheat the steamer. Boil water with salt and pandan leaves. Then let cool.

• Step 2:

Mix sugar and eggs with a high-speed blender. Then add flour, salt, pandan syrup and mix until smooth.

• Step 3:

Pour the pandan water and some coconut milk with the other ingredients, when it turns into dough, lower the blender at medium speed.

• Step 4:

To highlight the color, drop 1 to 2 drops of pandan syrup. Mix well.

• Step 5:

You see separating pieces from the dough and giving them pancake shapes. Add brown sugar to each of them and fold them so that the sugar is inside.

• Step 6:

Use a mold (which can be cylinder-shaped) and rub it with a little oil so that the dough does not stick when inserted.

• Step 7:

Steam the dough for 20 minutes.

• Step 8:

Sprinkle on top of shredded coconut before serving.

👉Your Kue Putu are ready to enjoy! 👌

Remember that you can also write to [email protected] if you need help planning your trip to Indonesia.

Selamat makan semuanya! 😋 ⠀


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Article author

Born in Valencia (Spain), his professional career has always revolved around the tourism sector. He studied tourism degree and later specialized in digital tourism marketing.

After working in various travel agencies. In 2018, he was a beneficiary of an Indonesian government scholarship to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the country. After specializing in the destination and having traveled and lived in various areas of Indonesia, he joined our team in early 2020.

Fernando is passionate about surfing and extreme sports. He’s the first to sign up for a trip, always looking for new adventures!

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