Book Your Place at Leiths Diploma Open House – 12th March


The Sri Lankan Kitchen with Hoppers and Karan Gokani

Experience Sri Lankan cuisine from the founder of the iconic London restaurant Hoppers


Elevate your skills to new heights in this home-cook course


Best suited for people with little or no culinary experience



Experience authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, taught by Karan Gokani, one of the founders of the critically acclaimed restaurant Hoppers. Join Karan to cook some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, including Pol Roti and Dhal curry, and learn all about the wonders of Sri Lankan cuisine.

Inspired by toddy-shops, home cooking and the roadside stalls of Sri Lanka and South India, Hoppers secured its Michelin Bib Gourmand in its first year. Karan took inspiration from his travels across India and Sri Lanka, during which he immersed himself in their food and culture. He opened Hoppers in Soho in 2015, followed by sites in Marylebone and King’s Cross. Now, Hoppers also has 6 delivery kitchens and their Cash + Kari online retail store. As one of London’s most renowned Sri Lankan restaurants, you are guaranteed to learn from the very best. 


  • Dhal curry 
  • Pol Roti 
  • Pol Sambol 
  • Chicken curry 
  • Sweet potato curry 
  • Curry powder 

Menu may be subject to change  

Course Structure

Cooking with your classmates is an integral part of your Leiths experience. You will cook some of your recipes in pairs, and some independently. Regardless, there is always more than enough food to go around, and often food to take home too. 

Your day will consist of practical cookery in the Leiths kitchens. The exact format will vary from class to class depending on the style of cuisine and, in the case of visiting chefs, their individual teaching style.  


What’s included:  

  • Refreshments on arrival 
  • A recipe booklet 
  • All ingredients provided and weighed out for you in advance 
  • We do the washing up 


What to bring: 

  • Flat soled shoes 
  • Long trousers and a long-sleeved top are advisable 


Allergies and dietary restrictions 

We are happy to make adjustments where possible. However, some classes are unsuitable for people with particular intolerances as the menu would need to be completely different. We require 10 days’ notice to check requests are possible and adjust our ordering.  Please read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here. 

Your Teacher

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Karan is the Co-Founder & Creative Director at Hoppers.

Karan grew up in Mumbai and moved to England in 2005 to study law at the University of Cambridge. Even as a practicing solicitor, Karan’s passion for food and hospitality never faded and he spent time in professional kitchens in his spare time. In 2012, he left his legal career at a city law firm to pursue a career in hospitality, traveling across India and Sri Lanka to immerse himself in the food and culture of the countries. The Sethi siblings and Karan opened Hoppers, a Sri Lankan and South Indian restaurant on Frith Street, Soho in 2015, followed by a second site in Marylebone in 2017 and a third in King’s Cross in 2020.

Over the years Karan has written travel features and recipes on Sri Lanka and southern India for major national and international publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveller and various food festivals across the UK, as well as writing his debut cookbook Hoppers: The Cookbook released in Autumn 2022.