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Hoppers Recipe  

Veg  HT  ACC  Sri Lankan  60mins plus soaking and standing

Sri Lankan Name: Appa/appam

Serves 4-6     Hot Vegetarian Vegan Accompaniment  Dairy Free Eggless Sri Lanka Ceylon Ceylonese Asia Asian

225g/8oz Long Grain White Rice
360ml/12fl.oz. Water
150g/+5oz Plain Flour
2 tbsp Sugar
480ml/16fl.oz. Coconut Milk
teasp bicarbonate of soda

Eggs (optional)


1. Soak the rice in plenty of cold water for 6 hours or overnight.

2. Drain the soaked rice then transfer to a blender or food processor together with the water and process to a paste.

3. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl then add the sugar and flour and mix to a very thick batter. Set aside to ferment in a warm place for 8 hours but no longer than 10, in warm place. It will not rise but tiny bubbles will appear.

4. Add the bicarbonate of soda and salt to the batter, mix well then add the coconut milk a little at a time mix well but not too vigorously.

5. Lightly grease a hopper pan or the bottom 1/3rd of a wok then heat the pan over a medium heat until hot but not too hot. Pour in a ladle of batter and quickly swirl until the pan is coated : the remaining batter will run into the middle.

6. Cover the pan. With a lid and leave for about 5 minutes or until they have a golden edge. Try not to open the lid until the hopper is ready as it may collapse.

7. Loosen the edges and slide the hopper out. Repeat with the remaining batter.


Egg Hoppers Recipe

For egg hoppers (Bitthara Appa) make as above but before you cover the pan, break an egg into the centre of the hopper as soon as you have swirled the batter. Reduce the heat a little and cook until the egg has set. It will take a little longer


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Key techniques required to make this recipe


Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size


Slice to -  To cut food, such as vegetables, into flat pieces of varying thickness.


Make Ahead/ Freeze


Tips, Options and Substitutions

Main equipment required to make this recipe


Chopping Knife

Chopping Board


Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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