Peanut satay tempeh, and why gotu kola is good for you

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I’ve been wanting to post this for a while, but it ended up being shuffled away into my many files on the laptop and I unintentionally forgot about. Until now!

Here is one very delicious dish made by my most talented mum – homemade peanut satay tempeh.

The sauce is a variation of the beautiful Colleen Patrick-Goudreau‘s ‘Tropical Tempeh’ sauce from her book, Vegan’s Daily Companionand consists of sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, red chilli flakes, onions, capsicum, garlic, vegetable stock, cornstarch, peanuts and a little bit of peanut butter as well.

Mum then added some steamed tempeh and broccoli to the sauce, and then served it on a hot bed of jasmine rice with some lime wedges and a sprinkling of chopped gotu kola (straight from the garden).

If you haven’t tried gotu kola before, it’s definitely something to start adding to your diet as it’s healthy and tastes refreshing!

What is gotu kola?

Also known as the Asiatic pennywort or Indian pennywort, gotu kola is a small, herbaceous, annual plant native to Asia (though it seems to love growing in our surburban Melbourne backyard in Australia just as much). It has been used as a medicinal herb in Ayurvedic medicine, traditional African medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

The health benefits of gotu kola

  • Anti-aging properties – it stimulates collagen production, which increases the strength of the dermis and leads to increased keratinisation (healing) of the epidermis of the skin
  • Stimulates blood vessel growth into connective tissue
  • Increases antioxidant and collagen concentration in wounds and stimulate wound healing
  • Enhances production of mucin, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate, all required for connective tissue, skin, hair, nail and joint repair and growth
  • Exhibits anti-anxiety activity and enhances mental function
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory

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