Gotu kola kanda
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Gotu Kola Kanda (Herbal gruel)

Gotukola  kanda (Centella asiatica) herbal porridge is one of the best nutritious and medicinal healthy porridge from Sri Lanka,  It is a traditional Sri Lankan herbal drink up of green leaves of gotukola which is used as nutritious wholesome morning meal and remedy for some diseases. 
Keyword: Herbal drink, Kola Kanda
Servings: 4
Author: Hiran Amarasekera


  • 1 Cup Red raw rice
  • 1 Cup Gotu Kola - Roughly chopped
  • 3 Cups Coconut milk
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger - Finely chopped
  • 2 Bulbs Garlic - Finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


  • • Wash Rice.
    • Add salt and boil with water.
    • Crush Gotukola in a motor or blender using 1 cup of coconut milk.
    • When Rice is cooked, add 2 cups of coconut milk and mixed the ginger, garlic and Gotukola juice. Bring Kanda (soup) in to boil.
    • Add lemon juice for seasoning.
    Serve plain or with Jaggery and roasted bread.
    Gotu kola kanda


Gotu kola has been named as  “herb of longevity" and it is a staple in traditional Chinese, Indonesian, and Ayurvedic medicine. This medicinal plant has shown to boost brainpower, heal skin issues, and promote liver and kidney health .
Original recipe adopted from Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project of Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka.