This is yet another recipe from the Srilankan
cuisine. Kola kenda is a mixture of Kola (leaves)
herbal leaves, green gram and rice . Only in Sri
Lanka I have seen this healthy herbal kanji sold
in all hotels, and carts in street corners ( mostly
mornings). I have seen morning walkers,
grabbing a packet of this healthy decoction
after their session of workout. This is a protein
rich energising drink which can be made easily.
As my culinary patch in my terrace,has all the
herbs ,I make it a habit to make this at least
once a week for breakfast.
You can make this with single herb like curry
leaves , spinach ..or whatever is available .
Now to the recipe
INGREDIENTS (3-4 servings)
1 cup whole green gram ( moong)
1/4 cup red rice / raw rice/soaked bamboo rice
1/4 cup grated coconut
Few curry leaves
Few Asparagus leaves(Hathawari/ thaneervitan
Few balloon vines ( modakathan/ velpenella)
Few gotukola leaves(Brahmi,vallarai,)
Spinach leaves ( optional)
Salt to taste
Balloon vines/ modakathan/velpenella
Cook the moong and rice together in a pressure
cooker , or till very soft .
Remove from fire.
Grind the rest of the ingredients to a paste and
add to the moong and rice mixture.
Add water or light coconut milk to the
consistency you require.
Bring to a boil only and serve.
Some serve with a piece of jaggery , but having
it plain also is very tasty.
So do try it and post in your comments!