Recipes of the World – from Sri Lanka

Milk Rice (Kiri Bath)

Milk rice or Kiribath is a traditional Sri Lankan dish made from rice. It is a popular festive dish or any auspicious moment. The dish is prepared by cooking rice with coconut milk, hence this name. The recipe for Kiribath is fairly simple.

2 cups short grain white rice
3 cups water
2 cups thick coconut milk
2 teaspoons salt
1 stick cinnamon, optional

Wash rice and put rice and water into a pan and bring to the boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Add coconut milk, salt and cinnamon, stir well with handle of a wooden spoon, cover pan and simmer on low heat for further 10-15 minutes, when all the coconut milk should be absorbed. Remove cinnamon, cool slightly, then turn out on to a flat plate. Mark off in diamond shapes and serve with bananas, Jaggery or chili paste.