Lavariya is a popular tea time snack in Sri Lanka. Sometimes we serve during breakfast too.  Original recipe of lavariya is made with coconut and jaggery. But I have added moong dhal to enhance the taste.


Lavariya - Sweet Dumpling String Hoppers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Category: Sweets

Cuisine: Sri Lankan

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 3-4

Lavariya - Sweet Dumpling String Hoppers


  • Jaggery - 1/2 Cup
  • Water - 1 TBS
  • Cooked Moong Dhal - 1/2 Cup
  • Grated Coconut - 3/4 Cup
  • Sugar - 2 TBS
  • Cardamom Powder - 1/4 TSP
  • Salt - a pinch
  • To make STRING HOPPER click here


  • Pressure cooker the moong dhal with a pinch of salt for up to 3 whistles. And set aside.
  • Prepare the coconut mixture.
  • Heat a heavy bottom pan and add jaggery with 1 tbs of water and melt the jaggery slowly.
  • Once the jaggery fully melted, add the cooked moong dhal.
  • Add the freshly grated coconut and stir.
  • Add the sugar, cardamom powder along with a pinch of salt. Stir continuously.
  • Keep stirring until the mixture is thick and leaves the sides of the pan. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile prepare the string hopper dough
  • Place the dough in a string hopper mould and press the both handle to squeeze onto banana leaf or any oiled paper.
  • Place one heaped teaspoon of the coconut mixture in the center of the string hopper and fold the baking paper/banana leaf.
  • Press the edges to seal properly.
  • Slip the folded lavariya on to steamer and steam for 10 to 15 minutes in batches.


This time i used store bought string hopper flour to make this lavariya. You can make the string hopper using the rice flour or wheat flour follow this link to make the traditional string hoppers.