Kiribath: Auspicious Milk Rice Dish

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Kiribath: Auspicious Milk Rice Dish

Sri Lankan New Year is a time of joy and celebration, with food playing a central role in the festivities. One dish that holds particular significance is Kiribath, a traditional Sri Lankan milk rice. Symbolising prosperity, luck, and happiness, this creamy, mildly flavored rice cake is a staple during special occasions and the first day of each month. This dish is traditionally hand fed by the mother to her children as a blessing on New Year. 

Today, we’ll guide you through the simple process of preparing Kiribath to share with your loved ones during this auspicious time.

  • Author: Lisa McLean
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Cuisine: Sri Lankan
  • Diet: Vegan



2 cups of short grain white rice

3 cups of water

2 cups of thick coconut milk

2 teaspoons of salt

1 stick of cinnamon and star anise (optional)


Begin by washing the rice thoroughly.

Combine the rice and water in a pan and bring to a boil.

Cover the pan and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes.

Stir in the coconut milk, salt, and cinnamon (if using), mixing well with a wooden spoon.

Cover the pan again and let it simmer on low heat for another 10-15 minutes.

Once the coconut milk is fully absorbed and the rice is gooey and steaming, remove the cinnamon stick.

Allow the rice to cool slightly before turning it onto a flat plate or tray.

Cut the Kiribath into diamond or square shapes and serve with a side dish of your choice.


Kiribath is best enjoyed with accompaniments like banana, jaggery, chili paste, Lunumiris (a traditional onion and chili sambol), or even a spicy fish or chicken curry.

By making Kiribath at home, you can partake in the rich traditions of Sri Lankan New Year while savoring a delicious and meaningful dish. From all of us at The Cooking Naturopath, we wish you a joyful and prosperous New Year!

Keywords: Dairy-free dessert, Sri Lankan Cuisine,

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