Let’s make the most popular milk rice in Sri Lanka.

In Sri Lanka, milk rice / Kiribath can be considered as the staple food on special occasions. Milk rice / Kiribath is widely used as a breakfast food. This delicious dish is made using rice and coconut milk mainly. Milk rice is often eaten with lunu miris.

For the Sinhalese, Kiribath plays a crucial role in the celebration of the Sinhalese New Year, as it is consumed as the first meal of the year. Also, It is traditionally offered for breakfast on the first day of each month, but it also has the added meaning of being eaten at an auspicious juncture in one’s life that marks a transitional period. It is one of Sri Lanka’s most well-known traditional foods.

Milk Rice

Lunu miris is a spicy paste or sauce created from a variety of fresh ingredients, sometimes known as a sambol. While lunu miris is undoubtedly the most popular sambal in Sri Lankan cuisine, the island’s robust flavors are made up of numerous other sambal varieties.

Lunu miris (salt chili in Sinhala) is one of Sri Lanka’s most famous and well-known recipes, and it’s known for being a tasty blend of simple and readily available ingredients.

Most traditional lunu miris recipes ask for chopped and powdered red onions blended with fiery chili powder, dried chili peppers, and dried Maldives fish before being mixed with lime juice.

Mixing lunu miris and other sambols is best done with a mortar and pestle, however, a small blender can be used to pulse ingredients and the mixture can also be pounded by hand.

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Milk Rice / Sri Lankan Kiri Bath With Lunu Miris

Popular milk rice and lunu miris in Sri Lanka
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Sri Lankan
Servings 4
Calories 120 kcal


Milk Rice

  • 250 g Raw white rice
  • 2 cups Thick coconut milk
  • tsp Table salt
  • cups Water

Lunu Miris

  • ½ cup Chopped Onion
  • 2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Crushed Dried Maldives Fish
  • 1 tsp Lime Juice


Milk Rice

  • Rinse the rice well.
  • Put the rice and water into a saucepan, and cook on medium flame.
  • Stir the rice frequently.
  • Add table salt to the thick coconut milk and mix.
  • When the rice is properly cooked add coconut milk and stir it well on medium/low flame.
  • When the milk rice comes to a dough, transfer it to a flat tray or banana leaf.
  • Spread the milk rice on the flat tray or banana leaf evenly.
  • Leave it to cool for about 30 minutes.
  • Cut into the desired shape and serve.

Lunu Miris

  • Grind everything in a mortar and pestle.
Keyword Kiri Bath, Milk RIce, Sri lankan Kiri Bath, Sri lankan Milk Rice

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