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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pennywort/Pegaga Drink - The Secret Fountain of Youth

"A hundred, oh Mothers, are your natures and a thousand are your growths. May you of a hundred powers make whole what has been hurt. Where the herbs are gathered together like a thing is an assembly there the doctor is called a sage, who destroys evil, and averts diseases.” - Hymn to the Plants, Rig Veda X, 97

Mother Nature has so perfectly planned her pharmacy so that it is is within everyone’s access.  It is there to nourish and supply us with abundant energy, as well as nurture us when we have some illness, we need only to become aware of its use for us

Pegaga is a polymorphous, creeping plant, rooting at nodes, with sometimes significant tap root, cylindrical and glabrous stems. Other names of pegaga including Centella asiatica (L.), Hydrocotyle asiatica, gotu kola, Indian pennywort (English), Mandukaparni (India), pegaga (Malaysia), and Ping Da Wan (崩大碗), Di Qien Cao (地錢草), Zhi Xue Cao(积雪草), 雷公根, 蚶殼草, 地堂草, 銅錢草, or 落得打, rau ma (vietnamese)

Read about it's medical benefits from factOdiz bite-sized knowledge


Ingredients


2 handfuls pennywort, with stems pinched off
200ml boiling water
180g sugar or honey to taste







Method:
If using sugar, make a simple syrup by dissolving the sugar in the boiling water the allow to cool completely.

Add all the ingredients to a blender along with 5 or 6 ice cubes and water(as concentrated as you'd like), blend at high speed.

Then using a fine-mesh colander, strain out the leafy sludge. Taste and add syrup/honey or water if necessary.

Serve poured over ice.

Store the remainder in the fridge.

Enjoy!

12 comments:

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Thanks for sharing this healthy drink.

MaryMoh said...

This is a very refreshing drink. A Thai friend introduced to me many years ago. But sadly I can't get this plant here.

hoangtam/tt said...

one of my all time favorite drinks, especially on a hot summer day. :p

lilyng said...

tt

thank goodness you are back. Have been busy i presumed. Don and i were just talking about you.

My said...

hello, so you would blend the leaves with hot water in a blender?

J.C. said...

I consume this pegaga juice whenever I feel heaty or coming down with a sore throat. It helps...but frankly, I don't enjoy the 'grass-y' smell and flavour of it.

Dewi (pronounce day- we) said...

Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try this healthy drink

lilyng said...

my

just blend with cold water. Here i could use tap water but if you are in Asia, i would suggest that you use cooled boiled water.

Jessica said...

Very beautiful drink. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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Jen said...

Hi Lily, looks very healthy for sure hehe soo green..but not sure how it tastes..thanks for the recipe tho!

melekler korusun finali said...

thank you

Anonymous said...

Hi Aunty Lily,

I'm a student currently studying in Australia. I've been following your blog silently for quite some time and I would like to thank you very much for your awesome blog. Staying away from home but still manage to cook home food with guidance of your recipe is plain blissful. =)

Kelly

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