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Information about Sri Lankan Kiribath plus Traditional Kiribath Recipe

Speciality Dish - Sri Lanka




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Kiribath (Kiri Buth) is best translated as milk rice. Although a very simple Sinhalese recipe, it is also a very traditional one which is served in throughout all Sinhalese society be they rich or poor. Celebratory menus always feature it, it is essential on Sinhalese New Year's day and is traditionally served for breakfast on the first day of every month.

Whilst most often served as a savoury accompaniment to a main course curry it can also eaten with grated Jaggery (palm sugar) and fruit such as bananas.



Sinhalese Milk Rice    Veg  HT  ACC  Sri  Lankan

Sri Lankan name: Kiribath

Serves 4    Hot Grains Accompaniment Gluten Wheat Dairy Free Eggless Sri Lanka Ceylon Asia Asian

250g/9oz Long Grain White Rice
420ml/14fl.oz. Water
180ml/6fl.oz. Thick Coconut Milk
teasp Salt


1. Place the rice in a saucepan with the water, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain any remaining water.

2. Add the coconut milk and salt , mix well then cover the pan and continue to simmer gently until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is very soft and creamy.

3. Allow to cool a little then transfer to a wide shallow serving dish and flatten down into a compact shallow oblong shape then cut into diamond or square shapes.

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