‘Ap­pams’ from the is­land

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Hop­pumm is a new Sri Lankan eatery in Mumbai of­fer­ing vari­a­tions on the ‘ap­pam’

Imag­ine a per­fectly fried sunny side-up en­sconced in a snow-white hop­per (the Sri Lankan ver­sion of the ap­pam), crisp on the edges and soft in the mid­dle. Served with a side of sweet-sour sam­bol and a pi­quant chut­ney, this is the per­fect all-day snack or a break­fast of cham­pi­ons. Hop­pumm, the new­est spe­cial­ity Sri Lankan eatery in Mumbai, of­fers a small but de­lec­ta­ble menu that cap­tures the culi­nary diver­sity of the is­land na­tion as well as its res­o­nances with food from Tamil Nadu and Ker­ala. Hop­pumm be­gan its life as a pop-up on Mumbai’s flea mar­ket cir­cuit. Draw­ing on the pop­u­lar­ity of the ap­pam-stew com­bi­na­tion, sib­lings Sahil and Jai

Wad­hwa and their school friend, chef Lak­shit Shetty, de­cided to come up with a quick meal ver­sion of the Sri

Lankan break­fast hop­per. As their pop­u­lar­ity grew, the trio de­cided to open their first out­let, a

15-seater in Ban­dra’s

Pali Hill neigh­bour­hood. Ap­pam lovers can choose from hop­pers in tra­di­tional, spinach and multi­grain op­tions and com­bine them with one of the over half-a-dozen fill­ings, in­clud­ing mut­ton pep­per fry, Cey­lon roasted mush­room and prawn moilee. For those who want a larger meal, there are other sta­ples to pick from, like neer dosa, string hop­pers and even brown rice. For a quick snack on the go, there are street food favourites like kottu roti

(parathas chopped up and mixed with a curry and fresh herbs), Sri Lankan mut­ton and veg rolls as well as tra­di­tional drinks and desserts like alam neer (ginger lemon­ade) and vatha­lap­pam(co­conut pud­ding). Hop­pumm is def­i­nitely as au­then­tic as it is fun.

Hop­pumm, Rafi Man­sion, 28th Road, Ban­dra (W), Mumbai.

—Diya Kohli

Egg ‘hop­per’ with ‘sam­bol’ and chut­ney.

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