Yes ! Sri Lankan cuisine is enriched with green leaves! Gotukola is a small greeny plant which is also used as a herb in medicine. It grows in abundance in the country and the nutritional value it adds to the meal is higher. It is served afresh without cooking because, when it is cooked it is said that its nutritional value diminishes to a greater extent. Rice and curry and a Gotukota Sambol is one complete nutritious lunch for a Sri Lankan.
In order to make this nutritious Sambol, well washed Gotugola leaves should be finely chopped. Then some scraped coconut, chopped onions, green chilies, some tomato slices, a pinch of salt, pepper powder, some lime and also some Maldives fish should be added to it. Once they are well mixed then it looks very colorful. Green color is blended with red and white colors here and there. It takes few minutes to prepare a Gotukola Sambol, yet it is rich in taste, nutrition and also it is pleasant to the eye. Usually this Sambol is made soon before the meal begins in order to preserve its freshness. Tasting just made Gotukola Sambol with rice in your meal is definitely a medicine to you.