07 October 2010

Indonesian Recipe: Es Pallu Butung (From Bali With Love)

Hey everyone! I hope you are all gearing up for a great weekend. Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes I've discovered since moving to Indonesia...Es Pallu Butung.
Es Pallu Butung is a popular traditional dessert from Makassar, Indonesia (South Sulawesi Island). Es means ice, Pallu means cook in Makassar dialect and butung means banana in Makassar dialect.

50 grams rice flour
400-600 mL coconut milk 
if you use 400 mL milk, you may add 200 mL water (this step is optional depending on your sweetness level)
2 pandan leaves (optional)
75 grams granulated sugar
¼ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp seasalt
8 ripe bananas, steamed, peeled and cut into pieces
red syrup

1. Boil the bananas until soft. Allow to cool for a few minutes then remove from the pot and peel. Slice them up and put into small serving bowls.

2. Combine flour, milk, water (optional), sugar, vanilla and salt. I combine them directly into the saucepan to save steps. Stir. Add the pandan leaves (for aroma).

3. Heat the saucepan on the stove by bringing to a boil. Once boiled and sauce starts to thicken, reduce heat and stir continuously so it doesn't stick to the saucepan. Once thick and a little chunky, remove from heat. Spoon the mixture onto the bananas. 

4. Add syrup (remember, it's sweet so just a little bit goes a long way) and ice to each serving bowl. Mix and enjoy!

Note: I didn't use water with my mixture. You really want to have more white flour than pink/red syrup but we like it sweet! :)

You can see my full post and pictures HERE. Enjoy!


  1. I made es pallu butung last summer too. So goood

  2. It's definitely one of my favorites. I've had 3 different friends bring me 3 different bottles of oleh2 ambon syrup from Makassar in the last 2 months. hehehe :)


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