Aappa (sri Lanka Hoppers) Recipe

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  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 cup lukewarm water
  • 4 cups rice flour
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup lukewarm beer
  • 1 13 oz can of coconut milk
  • 8 oz of lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste


  1. Mix the ingredients for the yeast mixture
  2. Leave for 15 minutes until frothy. (if not frothy start over with new yeast)
  3. Put the rice flour into a large bowl and add the yeast mixture.
  4. Next add the 1 cup lukewarm water + 1 cup lukewarm beer.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Now cover the bowl with a wet cloth or plastic wrap and leave for about eight hours in a warm place. The batter should rise to double the original amount.
  7. Finally before preparation add 3/4 of the (coconut milk with water) and 2 tbsp sugar and stir well.
  8. If more liquid is needed, add the remaining of the coconut milk little by little.
  9. The batter should be thinner than a pancake batter.
  10. Add salt to taste.
  11. Soak a small piece of cloth in oil in a saucer.
  12. Heat a thachhiya (a small wok) on medium.
  13. When hot rub the pan thoroughly with the oiled-cloth.
  14. Add about 1/4 cup of the batter to the pan and turn the pan in a circular motion so that the batter sticks to the sides of the pan.
  15. Cover and cook for about a minute under low-medium heat.
  16. Use a butter knife to loosen the edges of the hopper and serve hot.
  17. Notes:
  18. If is very important that all the liquids you add in this recipe be in lukewarm condition.
  19. If the hoppers are difficult to remove from the pan, add a beaten egg to the batter and stir well.
  20. If the batter does not stick to the pan when turning the pan, the pan is too hot. Reduce the heat.
  21. If the edges of the hopper are not crispy, add another tsp of sugar.
  22. If the hoppers are not thin enough add a little more lukewarm water.
  23. If you don't want to use beer, replace it with a cup of lukewarm water.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 654.99 Kcal (2742 kJ)
Calories from fat 175.38 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.49g 30%
Sodium 80.77mg 3%
Potassium 308.72mg 7%
Total Carbs 108.61g 36%
Sugars 4.75g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2.7g 11%
Protein 9.63g 19%
Vitamin C 0.7mg 1%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Calcium 27.6mg 3%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 311.86 Kcal (1306 kJ)
Calories from fat 83.5 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.28g 30%
Sodium 38.45mg 3%
Potassium 146.99mg 7%
Total Carbs 51.71g 36%
Sugars 2.26g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1.28g 11%
Protein 4.59g 19%
Vitamin C 0.4mg 1%
Iron 1.1mg 13%
Calcium 13.1mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 14.2
  • 17

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • cholesterol free

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