For the readers who follow Mystica’s “Better Life” category, here comes a dish from Sri Lanka with a lot of benefits for your health and life energy. We were notified of this dish by a Sri Lankan member of our open think tank and found the information worth to be made available to a broader audience.
We’re talking about Kola Kenda, a herbal soup made of indigenous leaves, local rice and water, sometimes coconut. Some of the indigenous leaves used to make this porridge are Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica), sessile joyweed (Alternanthera sessilis), known as mukunuwenna in Sri Lanka, or Haathawariya (Asparagus recemosus). However, any type of edible, dark green leaves can be used.
Other types of plants used: Welpenela [Cardiospermum Halicacabum (Sapindaceae)], Aubergene (Elabatu), Polpala (Aerva lanata), Avacado
Dark green leaves provide fibre, calcium, vitamin K, iron and even folic acid. Many Sri Lankans prefer to eat leaf porridge on an empty stomach at breakfast.
Health benefits of leaf porridge:
– Treats fatigue, constipation, high blood pressure
– Enhances digestive functions
– Reduces cholesterol
– Prevents cancer and heart diseases.
– Enhances the immune system and helps maintain bones and teeth, as well as reduces inflammation.
The website ceyherbal.com, from which some of the information here has been extracted, proposes the following recipe, adding that “leaf porridge can be made using any number of edible, local dark green leaves”:
Select the type of leaves you wish to use
Boil rice (you can use about 1-2 cups) and transfer this rich into a large container
Pour fresh coconut milk from scraped coconut or coconut milk from tins into the rice (1 tin)
Add salt to your liking.
Blend the leaves (about two handfuls) and a one cup of water in a food processor or blender.
Add the blended leaf mixture into the container with the rice, salt and coconut milk.
Feel free to add more water or coconut milk according to your preference.
Bring ingredients to a boil for about 5 minutes.
More recipes with slight variations to match your personal taste can be found browsing “Kola Kenda”. There seem to be many more options of preparation.