This post is dedicated to my dear friend Smurf...
A Special Event
Hoppers with Smurf & Mama Smurf
The first time I tried hoppers was at Janani with Smurf. I really enjoyed them and Smurf did too, however she did say that her mother (aka Mama Smurf) made them better. So we decided to have a hoppers night in the near future! A few months had passed and after eating myself silly on the Kingsford/Kensington food tour, I headed to Smurf's for the hoppers feast!
Hoppers are a thin and crispy pancake traditionally served with curry and sambol. There are many different varieties of hoppers, including plain hoppers, egg hoppers and sweet hoppers. This evening Smurf and Mama Smurf were preparing the plain hoppers and egg hoppers.
The hoppers batter was all made when I arrived, so all we had to do was fry them up! The recipe they used was a family recipe, which was adapted from a traditional Sri-Lankan recipe book (which I didn't manage to get the name of - sorry!). But I found a site where the recipe was identical to the one in the book. So here's the link and a little bit more information on hoppers.
Here are the photos of the hoppers-making process:
1. Have batter mixture ready, along with 1 cup measuring cup (or similar).
2. Add the oil to a frying pan and wait until it is hot before pouring in 3/4cup of the batter.
3. Very quickly lift up the fry pan and tip the batter mixture around, so a round thin shape forms.
4. Cover for a few minutes. The hoppers should be crispy on the outside and soft and spongy on towards the centre. Once it's ready, scoop it out of the fry pan with a wooden spoon and serve.
5. To make egg hoppers, follow the above instructions and before covering the fry pan, crack an egg in the centre and then cover.
And behold the mountain of hoppers:
We had the hoppers with some curries and sambol and it was all so delicious and tasty! Please check out the site I linked to above for the full recipe, and if you have any questions about hoppers, let me know and I'll pass those questions onto Smurf and Mama Smurf.
I wanted to say a huge thank you to Smurf and Mama Smurf for having me and making this hoppers feast!
And one last thing, Smurf is at present on a jet plane on her way to London. So here's a quick message to Smurf: Have fun, good luck and let's hope there isn't a rockbottom 2010! I'll miss you and can't wait to see you in January (WOOHOO!) Lots of Love xx