Sri Lankan Recipes

Lavariya – A Snack while Passing Through The Tea Estates

Train journeys in Sri Lanka are a very adventurous travelling option and also the best way to explore the natural beauty of the country. Especially the route between Kandy and Galle via Colombo is one of the best routes among all. Till the train reaches Colombo, the passengers enjoy the journey through lush green hillsides and the tea and coffee plantations. From Colombo to Galle it is completely a coastal route. The train runs just a few feet from the shore in a few places, and also passes over a few cool lakes and rivers as well.

The other best thing about this train journey is the local snacks. The local snacks Lavariya, Appa, Indiappa, Maalu Pan, Seenisambol Bunis, and Halapa arrive at your compartment just as the train starts moving. The juicy Lavariyas are the killers here. Lavariya is actually a stuffed string hopper dumpling. A bite of Lavariya and a sip of local coffee which is known better as ‘Kopi’ would make you the happiest person on earth. Usually, coffee and tea are prepared without milk and less sugar in it across the island. We love it that way.

Picture of Lavariya, a Popular Sri Lankan Snack Food

The lavariya with jaggery syrup and coconut mix is common while a few others prefer making lavariya with sugar. The stuffing should be carefully stuffed and steamed for not more than 10 mins. Otherwise, it would become to dry.


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  • Rice Flour - 250 gm
  • Water - 400 ml
  • Grated Coconut - 200 gm
  • Jaggery Syrup - 100 ml
  • Cardamom Powder - 0.5 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon Powder - 0.5 tablespoon
  • Coconut Oil - 02 tablespoon
  • Salt - 0.5 tablespoon


  1. In a pan, heat coconut oil and add grated coconut. Roast it until it becomes dry and golden brown.
  2. Add jaggery syrup, cardamom powder & cinnamon powder and mix it well. Turn off the stove once it becomes thick.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pan, add rice flour, water & salt and mix it well. The batter should be very thin.
  4. Cook the batter on flame low. Keep stirring till it becomes a thick dough.
  5. Turn off the stove and when the dough is hot, apply some oil on your palm and knead it for a while.
  6. Once the dough is ready, using string hopper presser press a thin circle string hopper on an oil sheet or banana leaf.
  7. Place enough stuffing in the centre, gently fold the banana leaf, press the edges and seal it.
  8. Remove the lavariya and place it on an oil greased bamboo steaming plate. Steam it for not more than 10 mins.
  9. Serve it hot with coffee or tea.

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