Hit Re­fresh

Men's Health (UK) - - Are You Really A Good Person? - By Karam Sethi, chef-pa­tron, Hop­pers hop­per­slon­don.com

When trav­el­ling around Sri Lanka, I’m al­ways in­stantly struck by the med­ley of scents that em­anate from the street mar­kets and road­side stalls. Ve­tiver, which has a sim­i­lar smell to lemon­grass, is widely used for medic­i­nal pur­poses. Black pep­per – a key in­gre­di­ent in Sri Lankan spice blends – is made even more fra­grant by toast­ing it be­fore crush­ing it with a pes­tle and mor­tar. Freshly ground pep­per has a strong, warm­ing scent that re­minds me of mak­ing pots of the Sri Lankan rel­ish sam­bal. Lemon­grass, a key com­po­nent of South Asian food, is one of the most aro­matic in­gre­di­ents you can source from the coun­try, which is why it’s used by Sri Lankan cooks as a spice base for cur­ries. As soon as the skin is bro­ken, a light, earthy and distinctively le­mony scent is re­leased. Th­ese in­gre­di­ents have in­spired the flavours and street-food dishes at Hop­pers.

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