Recipe: Hoppers


Hoppers are crepe shaped bowls and a very popular Sri Lankan street food. Traditionally these delicious bowls hold eggs so we stuck to the brief and generated this beautiful indian spiced breakfast. It was a first for us so the community helped us shape them in a big way! We hope you enjoy eating them as much as we did.


For The Pancakes

  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 200 g rice flour
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 100 ml water

For The Toppings

  • 1 shallot
  • 50 g dessicated coconut
  • 50 g chilli flakes
  • 1 fresh chilli, finely diced
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut water
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 4 eggs

To Finish

  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 2 limes

Step 1

Make The Batter

In a large mixing bowl combine the yeast, sugar and rice flour. Combine the coconut milk and water. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, cover with clingfilm and leave in the fridge overnight.

Step 2

Make The Toppings

Peel and finely dice the shallot. In a bowl mix it with the chilli flakes, fresh diced chilli and caster sugar. Pour in the coconut water, a squeeze of lime juice and the fish sauce. Toast the desiccated coconut.

Step 3

Cook The Hoppers

Heat a hopper pan (or a small frying pan) over a low heat and grease the whole thing with a little oil. Make sure you have a lid or something to cover the pan. Pour the batter into the pan and swirl it around to make a very thin layer that reaches up the sides of the pan a little. Turn the heat up and keep swirling the batter up the sides, and putting it over the heat to set it. Keep swirling and cooking for 5 minutes, until it begins to go brown then crack in an egg and cover with a lid. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the egg is just cooked and the edges of the batter are crispy.


Step 4


Carefully ease the pancake out of the pan and onto a plate, trying not the break the thin, crisp edges. Spoon a little of the shallot mix and coconut mix around the eggs then garnish with coriander and half a lime. Makes 4 with extra batter.

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