Pennywort is a popular plant what people use for various purposes. In different regions, it is available in the different name with different variations in its leaves. But in general, it has round green colored leaves. In India, it is known as Gotu kola or thankuni pata or Vallarai or Centella Asiatica. It is often used to make different types of Indian Pennywort drink.
It is said that Indian Pennywort (gotu kola) leaves can improve brain power, it also reduces anxiety, depression & fatigue. It is also used for several purposes. There are several articles on its benefits. So anybody can Google & know about all of those usages. But I use to make effective, delicious & refreshing drinks.
1. Gotu kola extract herbal juice: It is a special type of Pennywort drink. Various effective herbs & extracts are used to make this wonderful drink. It will help you to feel refreshed and energetic. Though it has various health benefits but I liked this drink most because of its taste. Normally I do avoid sugar in this drink but in case if you want to make it more enjoyable then you can add sugar too.
2. Gotu kola mint juice: Its name has already suggested what it is actually. It is an amazing homemade Pennywort drink what anybody will like and that too very easy to make. Gotu Kola & mint leaves extracts are combined along with lemon juice to make this juice. Some spices are also added to make it more delicious.
3. Tulsi gotu kola tea: Tulsi & Gotu kola both leaves has several uses in Ayurveda to heel problem in human body & mind. Here both leaves are used to make this unique tea. Though the taste of this tea is absolutely different from traditional tea but still you will enjoy every sip of this Tulsi Gotu kola tea. It may help you to boost inner energy.
4. Thankuni patar sharbet: This is a simple Pennywort drink what you will definitely enjoy. I kept this in the last of this list but it has better taste if you add sugar or honey to this sharbet/drink. You can have a lot of glasses of thankuni patar sharbat if you will grow your own Gotu kola leaves in your garden.
Indian Pennywort leaves is also used to prepare many traditional dishes apart from all those drinks. Bengali style Shukto, Vallarai Keerai Thuvaiyal, Vallarai Keerai kootu (Tamil dishes) etc are the best example of such traditional dishes.