Naan bread is just an insipid-looking lump of dough made with flour, water, salt and sugar. Originating in the Chennai region of Southern India centuries ago, its popularity has reached Malaysia, Singapore and beyond. What makes the prata special is the dramatic stretching and snapping of the dough. With almost instinctive movement, a skilled prataman pulls, flips and manipulates the oil-brushed dough into a thin veil before folding and frying it on a hot kavi(griddle) until golden.
Little India is known for its traditional Indian restaurants, especially along Serangoon Road and Race Course Road. The busy streets are filled with malls, jewellery stores and tailor shops. The landmark Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is embellished with colourful statues of Hindu deities. Jalan Besar is a small hip area with quirky cafes serving specialty coffee and inventive modern cuisine.