Golu Kola aka Pennywort is a bit of a super food with amazing properties. Occasionally I can find it at the local Asia grocery – a joy because it is used across Sri Lanka and India. In Sri Lanka a sambal is made, but today I took that a step further and made a salad with a base of Moth Beans (Matki, also called Vallarai).
It is very easy to make and matki takes under 30 mins to cook, so you can make it in the morning while you are pottering around getting ready for work, and then it is ready to have with dinner when you get home.
Other common recipes using gotu kola include a healthy infusion of the leaves, Gotukola Kenda – a soupy rice dish, a pachadi, poriyal, and Vallarai Keerai Kootu.
Matki and Golu Kola Salad with Coconut |
Moth Bean and Pennywort Salad
0.5 cups matki (moth beans)
0.5 onion, chopped finely
2 green chillies, finely chopped
50g coconut, freshly grated or use frozen or even fine dried coconut
0.5 tspn turmeric powder
juice and zest 1 lime
1 bunch gotu kola
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cook the moth beans in salted water until tender but still holding their shape, about 20 – 30 mins. Drain and allow to cool. The cooking water is good for making rasam or sambar.
Wash the gotu kola and chop the stems and leaves finely. Place in a large bowl and mix with the moth beans, onion, green chilli, lemon zest, grated coconut, juice of half lime, salt to taste and black pepper. Taste and add more lime juice if necessary.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
recipe notes and alternatives
Replace some of the gotu kola with nasturtium leaves. Parsley or coriander can also be added, or used in place of the gotu kola.
Grated carrot can be added to the salad.
Can be uses in wraps and sandwiches as well.
To make the Golu Kola Sambal, simply make without the matki beans.