Possibly one of the healthiest foods you’ll find in Sri Lanka, this thin herbal soup / porridge is made from medicinal green herbs used in Ayuervedic medicine, rice and coconut milk. It’s very light and plain, with a subtle green pea flavour (although this can change with the different herbs used). Kola kanda is served with a cube of jaggery which should be nibbled on after the soup is eaten, but this sweet treat is often no ordinary sugar cube, if you can find ‘kithul jaggery’ you’ll be eating a sugar that has health benefits that put refined cane sugars to shame. Kola Kanda with Karapincha (we know them as (‘Curry Leaves’) are excellent to protect against diabeties, are rich in anti-oxidents, are good for your hair, they’re high in vitamin A and calcium, they aid digestion and can be used to treat stomach upsets, ulcers and digestive problems. We’ve also come across ‘kurakkan kanda’ made from healthy red millet, it’s a thicker texture and doesn’t have that ‘green’ flavour but it’s equally as good, it’s soothing and creamy, high in calcium, iron and fibre as well as being very yummy indeed.