Monday, July 2, 2012

Herbal rice porridge

kola kanda herbal porridge
This is a famous herbal breakfast known as kola kanda (herbal leaf rice porridge).  This porridge can be enjoyed any time of the day. We usually eat it with a piece of jaggery.
kola kanda herbal porridge
1 cup red rice
2 cups gotukola leaves or mukunuwenna chopped
3 cups water
1 3/4 cups coconut milk
1 tsp salt
jaggery optional to serve

Wash and drain the rice. Cook the rice in generous amounts of water until the rice is very soft.
Puree the gotukola leaves in a blender with 3 cups of water and strain through a sieve. Use about 1 cup water strain, then puree again with another 2 cups strain until the leaves are dry and the juices are extracted.
Add the strained herbal water to the rice with the coconut milk, salt and boil for 3 minutes.

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48 comments:

  1. yummy n healthy rice..lov d color!

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  2. I tried porridge when I lived in ireland and it was done with oats and milk. I think I prefer yours. Can i change gotukola leaves for something else. I'm afraid it is going to be impossible to find them.

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    1. You can use any type of herbal leaves, try in small quantity first.
      I sometimes use a combination of different herbs curry leaves, mukkunuwenna and other tropical green leaves.
      This porridge is healthy filling and comforting hope you get to try

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  3. The color of this rice is just beautiful...sounds like a delicious, rib-sticking meal!

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  4. Awesome recipe. very healthy too.

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  5. Never heard of these herbs..
    But it definitely looks very healthy.

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  6. Beautiful color of rice & interesting leaves,hearing it the first time..Nice recipe!!

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  7. This sounds delicious and healthy. Never tried this and the colour looks gorgeous. :-)

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  8. El color del arroz es muy bonito, me encantaria probarlo, me llevo la receta, besos

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  9. Thank you so much for following me through facebook...I am following back of course! This sounds like a healthy and unique dish to try! Blessings to you my dear, your friend, Catherine xo

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  10. this looks lovely. I have to try different rice dishes.

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  11. looks like a great and healthy snack

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  13. Heathly one and love the vibrant green color

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  14. Hearing this for the first time but Looks Very healthy!

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  15. Never heard of this before. Where can I find gotukola leaves and red rice here in the GTA ? I would like to try this. BTW, is it a Sri Lankan recipe ?

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    1. It is a well enjoyed Sri Lankan recipe one of my favourite
      You will be able to find the ingredients at Sri Lankan grocery stores, gotu kola is known as vallarai and red rice that we use for milk rice comes in packets. You can substitute your favourite well cooked rice.

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  16. Porridge and herbs, strange but I bet it's yummy!

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  17. oh healthy recipe!!! so good!!!

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  18. Between the herbs and the coconut milk, I know I would love this!

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  19. Healthy and super filling porridge.

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  20. Hi Akheela, your rice porridge look interesting. Very delicious.

    Have a nice day.

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  21. This looks so nourishing :-)

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  22. Healthy and interesting recipe...Herb is new to me...love the color..

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  23. It looks like this is a very healthy and hearty porridge!

    By the way, I meant to tell you (and keep forgetting) that I used your vanilla bean! My recipe will be up... probably in 2 weeks or so. :-) Thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you everyone for the lovely comments hope you get to try this delicious and healthy porridge
      Thank you for letting me know Nami looking forward to see how you used the vanilla

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  24. Looks very healthy and interesting porridge recipe!

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  25. I have never had this... but I recognize the ingredients. :) I am sure it's a very healthy breakfast. :)

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  26. esalaamu aleikoum machalah what a beautiful colourful rice! enchallah ramadan moubarek

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  27. Something unique for a porridge recipe. We normally have plain porridge with condiments like fried salted fish and peanuts. A lovely recipe which will be a good change for us and its really gorgeous looking.

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  28. This looks so amazingly healthy! Your blog is beautiful! Angie xo

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  29. Wow this is looking amazing ! Loved the porridge with a twist and that too green leaves, lovely ! I am surely gng to make it ! luv, sonia

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  30. I've never seen such healthy porridge...this is just too good ya! Thanks for sharing :)

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  31. yep truly healthy and comforting!

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  32. Healthy and yummy porridge..

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  33. Delicious and healthy! I love it.

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  34. Hai I'm Nirosha from sri lanka.usually I read ur blog.I hsd made some recipes also.I saw u are making lot of sri lankan foods.I'm very happy about it and thank u.Do u have connection with sri lanka?I wish u all the best.

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    1. Thank yo Nirosha happy to hear from you and to know you have tried the recipes and liked it. Do keep in touch my email address is torviewtoronto@gmail.com

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  35. I love the colour of this! I don't know how I can get hold of this herb, but will probablyr epalce with some othe rherbs of my choice anyhow :/ I eat rice porridge for breakfast most days, it's so warm and comforting and heathy at that (:

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