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Alternative names Milk rice, paacor
Place of origin Sri Lanka[1]
Region or state Sri Lanka[1]
Main ingredients Rice, coconut milk
Variations Green Gram Milk Rice (Mun Kiribath)
Cookbook: Kiribath  Media: Kiribath

Kiribath (milk rice) is a traditional Sri Lankan dish made from rice. The word is a compound with a transparent meaning in the Sinhala language, where kiri (කිරි) means "milk" and bath ( බත්) means "rice". Kiribath can be considered a form of rice pudding. The dish is prepared by cooking rice with coconut milk, hence this name.[2] In Tamil, the dish is called paalchoru (பாட்சோறு). The origins of Kiribath are not clear although it has now become a traditional dish and is common in almost every household in Sri Lanka, be it rich or poor.

Kiribath is an essential dish for any auspicious moment.[3] It is very commonly served for breakfast on the first day of each month and is a very important aspect for the Sinhalese in celebrating the Sinhalese New Year,[4] where it is cooked and served as the first meal after the dawn of the new year. Kiribath is traditionally the first solid food fed to an infant and is also served at weddings.[5] It is one of the more renowned traditional dishes in Sri Lanka.[6]


The recipe for Kiribath is fairly simple. After the rice is cooked in boiling water for about fifteen minutes, the coconut milk is added and cooked again until the liquid is absorbed. Salt is also added when cooking. However, there are some variations to this where different ingredients are added, such as sesame seeds or cashew. There is another derivation of 'Kiribath', that is Imbul Kiribath.


Kiribath is usually served with Lunumiris, a mixture of red onions and spices. It is also consumed with jaggery and bananas. On the Sinhalese New Year or on any other special occasion, it is served alongside traditional sweets like 'Kevum', 'Kokis' and 'Athirasa'.

The common method of serving Kiribath is placed on a flat plate and leveling the top and sides. Then it is cut into diamond shaped pieces.


Green Gram Milk Rice (Mun Kiribath)[edit]

This version of Kiribath is made by mixing boiled Green Gram with Milk Rice.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bullis, Douglas; Hutton, Wendy (2001). Food of Sri Lanka. Periplus. p. 26. 
  2. ^ "Sri Lanka: Food & Tropical Fruits". Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  3. ^ "Culture of SRI LANKA". Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  4. ^ Lee, Jonathan H. X. (Ed); Nadeau, Kathleen M. (Ed) (2011). Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 1085. ISBN 9780313350665. 
  5. ^ Candappa, Rohan (2010). Picklehead: From Ceylon to suburbia; a memoir of food, family and finding yourself. Random House. p. 88. ISBN 9781407081342. 
  6. ^ "Sinhalese New Year Festival". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-09-13.