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)

Few peppercorns

Salt to taste

Asparagus leaves

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!


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