No – you can’t make hoppers in a frypan or an omelet pan.

You need a hopper pan, a specialized piece of Sri Lankan cooking equipment that has no other function – unless it’s a very attractive one and you want to use it as a serving dish.

And what on earth do you use to grate a coconut to have nice fresh meat for pol sambol?

Search below for descriptions of these and other implements you’ll need to make Sri Lankan food – and some hints on ‘making do’ with whatever you have at hand.