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Festive recipe from Sri Lanka

To celebrate the festive season, each of our researchers has given us a recipe reflecting their cultural heritage. Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka shares Kiribath, a traditional Sri Lankan rice dish.


  • 600g brown rice or white rice
  • 4 cups of water
  • a dash of salt
  • 5 cup coconut milk


  1. First wash the rice & place in a medium size pot, then add water and salt. Bring to the boil then reduce 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 into a compact oblong shape before cutting into diamond shapes.

The word comes from the Sinhalese language with “Kiri” meaning milk and “Bath” meaning rice. It’s recognized as a dish for auspicious occasions and served mainly during breakfast hours. Kiribath, can be eaten with jaggery and bananas. On the Sinhalese New Year or on any other special occasion, it is served alongside traditional sweets.

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