Cooking: Sri Lankan Breakfast

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Learn how to prepare authentic Sri Lankan hoppers at this cooking class.

Sri Lankan Hoppers are one of the hottest current street food trends. In their simplest form, they are bowl-shaped pancakes made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. Cooked in a small round pan, they are crispy round the edges, thicker at the bottom and served as the basis for a tasty Sri Lankan Breakfast.

You may have been lucky enough to try one of Kumar’s Hoppers at his own pop-up carts at various markets in Sydney... now is your chance to learn his secrets. For this spectacular 3-hour course, Kumar Pereira will show you two versions of this dish and then prepare a gorgeous menu of popular Sri Lnakan breakfast foods to accompany them.

On the menu
  • Fish curry
  • Dhal
  • Coconut Sambol
  • Red or Brown Rice Hoppers, using a naturally fermented sourdough batter
  • Kumar’s quick and easy version of Hoppers using rice flour and yeast

At the end of the session, tuck into this feast of a lazy Sunday brunch – served with a tall glass of Sri Lankan iced tea or an icy cold beer if you prefer!

Abiut the chef

We were first introduced to Kumar Pereira’s lovely, humorous nature when he was a contestant on MasterChef Australia. He was born in Sri Lanka and has lived in England, Hong Kong and now in Sydney since 1988. His food is influenced by the four countries he has lived in, particularly, his native home Sri Lanka. Kumar is passionate about healthy cooking with homegrown seasonal produce and taking a modern slant on traditional Sri Lankan cooking.


The Essential Ingredient Surry Hills
146 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Please note: Street parking is very limited nearby. You might try St Margaret’s Car Park at 417-435 Bourke Street, Surry Hills. It is a 5-minute walk from the venue, with casual parking rates after 5pm at approx. $4/hour.

On the day...
  • We’ve cut out disposable plastics, so please bring your own food containers to take any leftovers home
  • All participants must wear closed-in shoes – no high heels please!
  • Aprons supplied, but dress appropriately for the kitchen, and tie back long hair
  • Arrive a little early as the class will start on time
Booking conditions
  • Withdrawal from the course is not refundable or transferrable.
  • The Essential Ingredient reserves the right to alter or cancel a class without notice. In the event of a change, you will be contacted on the phone number and/or email address you provide.
  • We cannot accommodate dietary requirements in all cases. For more information, please contact The Essential Ingredient 02 9555 8300 prior to booking.
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Course testimonials:

  • said: Kumar was a wonderful teacher, would definitely do another class with him.

  • said: Kumar is a warm and knowledgeable tutor and I hope to learn from him again... I'll definitely be back for more Essential Ingredient cooking classes.

  • said: Step by step demonstration and allowing every individual to cook the receipie.

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