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Hoppers
Friday, 6 April 2007 - 7:48 AM SL Time

In Sri Lankan and South Indian cuisine Appam, or `hoppers` are a food, used most frequently for breakfast. Hoppers are made from a batter using rice, yeast, salt and a little sugar. After the mixture has stood for a couple of hours, it can be fried in an appachatti with a little oil.

Milk hoppers, are where a spoonful of thick coconut milk/coconut cream is added to the doughy centre. When cooked, the centre is firm to the touch but remains soft inside and has a sweeter taste from the coconut milk. Egg hoppers are also good.

Here`s the recipe for those who dont know it:
2 cup(s) raw rice soaked for 4-5 hours
4 cups coconut shavings
1 cup(s) cooked rice
a pinch of yeast granules dissolved in some coconut water or little hot water
salt and sugar to taste

Preparation
Drain the soaked rice and grind it along with the coconut shavings and cooked rice to a fine thick paste. Do not add too much water. Coconut water may be preferably used instead of water for grinding. Add the yeast and mix lightly. Mix in the salt and sugar to taste. Allow to ferment at room temperature for at least 6 hours.

Heat a small appachatti. Pour approximately half a cup of batter and quickly but gently swirl the pan around such that only a thin layer of the batter covers the sides and a thick layer collects at the bottom. Cover with a lid and cook each appam on medium heat for about 3 minutes or till the edges have become golden crisp and the centre is soft and spongy. Another sign of doneness would be when the edges start coming off.


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pharoah
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6 Apr 2007 00:50:19 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Milk hosppers are best sweet food fron sri lanka. have not had these in ages.
Edited By - pharoah - 6 Apr 2007 00:54:40 GMT
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6 Apr 2007 02:26:14 GMT  Report for Abuse   
U have to add egg hoppers to the Milk Hoppers..!
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6 Apr 2007 02:43:26 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Hopper is one of the delicacy from SL. I love all kind of Hoppers, Egg, plain, milk with coconut sambol( green/red) , seeni sambol and Katta sambol.
I feel like eating some now. Pharoah you are making me so hungry for Hopper.
Edited By - Maitreya - 6 Apr 2007 02:45:57 GMT
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I feel like eating some now. Pharoah you are making me so hungry for Hopper.


i am a bit in that mood. there are shops in london with brilliant hoppers, but in midlands area of UK where i am living, no sri lankan shops i can find, so only way is to make them myself, which i havent done yet
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6 Apr 2007 09:40:33 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Berty anna sir,

U have to add egg hoppers to the Milk Hoppers


egg hoppers not as good as milk hoppers. i seen people try and make hoppers for the 1st time, sometimes they make a mess. so got to try it out soon and buy an appachatti.
Edited By - pharoah - 6 Apr 2007 09:43:17 GMT
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I haven't had hoppers in ages! Damn, now I've started thinking of the food Mum used to make LOL! Rambutan season will also be starting soon. Mmmmm...

Lankan food, in my humble opinion, is the best in the world. I've met a few guys living in Australia who agree. I seriously don't know how so many Aussies are obese, what with the crap they eat here!
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6 Apr 2007 10:28:44 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Pharoah,

no sri lankan shops i can find


Same here, only one or two Paki shops but not lankan ones. I love Hoppers especially egg ones. As soon as they are made they taste heavenly.

I miss this in here. The hoppers in Lanka is now around Rs 9 each. Gone through the roof :(

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Same here, only one or two Paki shops but not lankan ones


i am sure in scotland you wont find any sri lankan shops. the nearest place with sri lankan shops maybe in birmingam in my area, about 40-50 miles away.
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Lankan food, in my humble opinion, is the best in the world


i agree it is brilliant compared to the rest of the world. other sri lankan sweet food like dhodhol i also certainly miss.
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