Lavariya – Sweet Dumpling String Hoppers

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.


Click here for how to make string hoppers

For the coconut mixture:

Cooked Moong Dhal 1 1/4 Cup
Grated Coconut 1 Cup
Jaggery ¾ Cup (adjust to suit your taste)
Cardamom powder 1/8 TSP
Salt A pinch
Banana leaf/ plastic paper 2


How I made it:-

  • Pressure cooker the moong dhal with ½ teaspoon of salt for up to 3 whistles. And set aside.
  • Prepare the coconut mixture.
  • Heat a heavy bottom pan and add jaggery with little water and melt the jaggery slowly.
  • Once the jaggery fully melted, add the cooked moong dhal.
  • Add cardamom powder along with a pinch of salt. Stir continuously.
  • Add the coconut and keep stirring until the mixture become dry.

  • 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 tablespoon of the coconut mixture in the center and fold the banana leaf into two.
  • Press the edges to seal properly.
  • Slip the folded lavariya on to string hopper mats and steam for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Serve warm with a cup of tea.





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  1. Looks lovely and cute I must say, it is like pooran or the stuffing peeping out of the mold 🙂
    It looks more like mothakam!! Very nice recipe!!

    1. Thanks Pavithra, Yes it is similar to the Modhak, Actually the traditional filling is just coconut and jaggery. 🙂

  2. wow nice filling beautiful click.

  3. Very interesting points you have remarked, thank you for putting up.


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