String Hoppers Kottu: A Delicious and Nutritious Sri Lankan Dish
String Hoppers Kottu is a popular street food in Sri Lanka that is made from string hoppers, which are thin, noodle-like strips made from rice flour, and mixed with a variety of vegetables, meats, and spices. The dish is typically served as a breakfast or a dinner meal, and is often enjoyed as a quick and satisfying meal on-the-go.
To make String Hoppers Kottu, the first step is to make the string hoppers. This is done by mixing rice flour, salt, and water to form a dough. The dough is then pressed through a string hopper press, which forms the thin, noodle-like strips. The string hoppers are then steamed until they are cooked through.
Once the string hoppers are cooked, they are broken into small pieces and mixed with a variety of vegetables, meats, and spices. Some popular vegetables used in String Hoppers Kottu include cabbage, carrots, onions, and bell peppers. Common meats used include chicken, beef, and mutton. Spices such as curry powder, cumin, and coriander are also added to give the dish its unique flavor.
The mixed ingredients are then stir-fried on a large griddle with oil and served hot. The dish is often garnished with a variety of toppings such as chopped cilantro, peanuts, and lime wedges.
In addition to being delicious, String Hoppers Kottu also has a number of health benefits. Rice flour, which is the main ingredient in string hoppers, is a good source of carbohydrates and provides energy for the body. The vegetables used in the dish are also high in vitamins and minerals, and the spices used have anti-inflammatory properties.
However, it is important to note that String Hoppers Kottu can be high in calories and fat if prepared with a lot of oil.
At Shanti Indo-Lankan, we serve this dish on weekends only and try to keep the oil and calorie count in check to provide a healthier option for our customers.
Overall, String Hoppers Kottu is a delicious and nutritious dish that is loved by many in Sri Lanka. It's a perfect combination of flavors, textures and is a perfect meal for those who are looking for a quick and satisfying meal. If you ever visit Sri Lanka, do not forget to try this delicacy!