Tuesday, June 23, 2009

'Gotukola - Sinhalese, 'Vallaarai' - Tamil, Sri Lanka

'Gotukola in Sinhalese or 'Vallaarai' in Tamil, is a creeper found all over Sri Lanka. It has a tangy taste and is used extensively in cooking. A tasty 'Sambol' can me made with it. A type of gruel called 'Kola kandha' - 'Kanji' - can be made from it. It is said to improve vision, memory and is a general tonic. You see a picture of it growing wild in Avissawella, Sri Lanka.