Best Banana Leaf Rice in Penang

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Looking to quell your craving of rich spices with portions fit for a king? Look no further! Banana leaf rice is a traditional South Indian rice dish served on a banana leaf that is guaranteed to take your taste buds on a thrilling ride. Even the pickiest eater wouldn’t be able to resist a scrumptious meal of steamed white rice drenched in robust curries. It looks like an unpretentious work of art on a bright green canvas; a pinnacle of white rice surrounded by a sea of curries, with splashes of contrasting multi-coloured side dishes.  Be prepared for a full-throttle stomach rumble while drilling down the best banana leaf rice joints below.

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    Being the bedrock of Indian culture and cuisine, Little India is swamped with a dazzling array of restaurants. Among the pioneers are Velo Vilas, spanning more than 30 years, it's constantly filled with patrons to gun down their authentic banana leaf meal with varieties of dishes that would jostle away your diet rules. Their chicken peratal – chicken pieces roasted with masala, is definitely a flavour bomb. Wash it all down with their homemade mango lassi or buttermilk drink, the perfect antidote for balmy weather. 

    Tips

    You can also visit their branch in Bayan Baru if it’s closer to you.

    Things to expect

    Authentic banana leaf meal.

    Best with

    Mango Lassi

    Price

    RM6.50 to RM15.00

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    Veloo Villas View restaurant

    No.22, Penang Street, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    042624369

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    09:00AM—09:00PM
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    Muthu’s Traditional Banana LeafPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    This hidden gem which is devoid of signboards and fancy decorations, enjoys unfaltering popularity as their banana leaf meal packs a punch with a great mix of spices. With a tantalising selection of meat and seafood dishes, however no visit to this quaint shop is complete without tasting their crab masala that stimulates your taste buds with a medley of spicy and savoury flavours. Just roll up your sleeves and gobble down one of the best Indian banana leaf meals in the island.

    Tips

    It’s small in size; patience is a virtue.

    Things to expect

    Spectacular crab masala and rasam.

    Best with

    Buttermilk with herbs

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM20.00

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    Muthu’s Traditional Banana Leaf View restaurant

    143, Acheen Street, 11200, Georgetown, Penang
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    09:00AM—03:00PM
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    Passions of KeralaPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Tucked blissfully in New World Park, this charming restaurant serves authentic Indian banana leaf food with a fine touch of Kerala spices. The curries are the anchor of attraction, made with rich coconut milk; thick and aromatic, you can’t bear to waste a single drop. Instead of white rice, you can opt for tomato rice for their banana leaf meal which comes along with a basket of crispy papadams, sides of hearty greens and a dollop of pickles. Their fried bitter gourds and chicken masala are among the most ordered dishes that should never be missed. 

    Tips

    “Payasam” – South Indian Sweet Pudding is available on Fridays.

    Things to expect

    A comfy restaurant with rich Kerala dishes.

    Best with

    Mango Lassi

    Price

    RM6.50 to RM15.00

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    Passions of Kerala View restaurant

    102 Lot C3, New World Park Jalan Burma,, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
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    042272550

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    11:30AM—03:30PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    Priding itself as the largest Indian art gallery-cum-restaurant, this place is constantly occupied with aficionados be it for birthdays or wedding dinners. Beautiful pictures embellish the walls while vibrant ornaments and antique utensils feed your curiosity. The banana leaf is artfully cut to fit the plate which is filled with fluffy white rice, a selection of scrumptious side dishes and curries, crunchy papadams and capati bread. Their mutton sambal is a real showstopper - tender chunks of mutton delicately infused with a zesty gravy; a perfect pairing with your meal!

    Tips

    Reservations are recommended on weekends.

    Things to expect

    Elegant atmosphere, delicious food.

    Best with

    Lassi

    Price

    RM7.90 to RM25.00

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    Indian Palace View restaurant

    79-G-18 Penang Time Square, Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124252101

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    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    Nestled in the bustling Penang Road, this restaurant is renowned for serving a mixture of aromatic Indian meals and Malaysian delights. What sets them apart are their eclectic dishes that fuel up your appetite. Their banana leaf set comes with three scoops of vegetables and an assortment of curries. End your meal with a shot of lathered teh tarik, it just amps up your aftertaste of spices in your mouth.

    Tips

    Peak hours during lunch and dinner; get in earlier.

    Things to expect

    Mouth-watering Indian and Malaysian dishes.

    Best with

    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM6.50 to RM15.00

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    Jaya Catering Penang Road View restaurant

    Jalan Penang, 10000, Georgetown, Penang
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    07:00AM—11:00PM
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    This garden-themed restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy Indian cuisine. An enormous banana leaf is filled with a mound of white rice which is then drenched with curries of your choice, an assortment of vegetables and meat or seafood. With never-ending dishes filling the menu, bring your convives and taste them all, while enjoying a moment of togetherness. 

    Tips

    Do not miss their tandoori.

    Things to expect

    Diverse Indian dishes in a cosy ambience.

    Best with

    Fresh juices and lassi

    Price

    to RM20.00

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    Sri Ananda Bahwan Tanjung Bungah View restaurant

    14, Jalan Tanjong Bungah, 11200, Georgetown, Penang
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    048909771

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    07:00PM—11:00PM
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    A purely vegetarian restaurant situated at the heart of Little India, this neat and comfy restaurant has regulars hitting over and over again for their tantalising choices of side dishes which change daily. Offering a smorgasbord of different tastes and textures. the banana leaf rice is served with a variety of curries, papadams and a morsel of Indian sweets. 

    Tips

    Their curd vadai is a must-have.

    Things to expect

    Authentic vegetarian meals.

    Best with

    Sweet, sour lassi

    Price

    RM6.30 to RM15.00

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    Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant View restaurant

    60 Lebuh Penang, George Town, Penang Island 10200, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    0426397064

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    08:30AM—10:00PM
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