Sunday, December 30, 2012

World on a Plate: Auspicious Food for a Prosperous New Years in Sri Lanka


Kiri Bath (Coconut Milk Rice)

Sri Lankan Kiri Bath (pronounced "kiree-buth", translates in English literally as "milk rice") is a traditional dish that is served and eaten during celebrations and auspicious occasions to mark and symbolize luck and happiness.  Most Sri Lankans start the first of every month (especially January 1st) with kiri bath for breakfast in hopes of starting the month and year off with good luck.

2 cups rice (see note)
4-5 cups of water
2 cups of coconut milk (fresh, can)
salt to taste

Note: you can use any long grain white, brown or red rice for this dish.  If you use a firmer grain rice like brown or red rice I suggest you wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes to help the cooking process.

Step 1: Wash the rice several times with water until the water runs clear from the rice. Soak rice if you desire to help your cooking time.
Step 2:  In a large pot on high heat add rice and 4-5 cups of water. Bring rice to a boil then reduce to a gentle simmer (medium-low heat) and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes until almost all the water is absorbed. Next add the coconut milk and the salt to taste. Mix all ingredients well and cook in at a low heat until the coconut milk is fully absorbed. The rice should be very tender and the consistency of the rice should be creamy (kind of like a firm rice pudding).

The rice is traditionally served on a platter and formed into a thick cake and cut into diamonds (see first picture for example). The rice will be firm enough to stick together and the pieces should be able to be served individually.  Although this rice is completely delicious on its own, it is traditionally served with chili/onion sambal called lunu miris pictured below or any of the dishes listed below.


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  1. Looks like a delicious way to start the new year, Ramona!!! Enjoy the upcoming holidays, my friend!!! xo

  2. Ramona this is really cool. I love the idea of this one. Coconut milk is fab so this is right up my alley. Happy New Year. xx

  3. I love learning about new years traditions around the world. This looks wonderful! Happy New Year!

  4. I've never seen anything like this, but it looks fantastic. I love the way you are able to cook ANYTHING. Happy New Year, Ramona!

  5. I love learning about traditions and cultures. You made me want to try it! Hope you have a fabulous New Year Ramona! Cheers to all your success this past year, and for all that is yet to come! <3 Christi

  6. The coconut rice is very interesting!! Happy New Year, Ramona!

  7. Ramona this looks very appetizing and coconut is a favorite of both my husband and my son's! Have a beautiful full of love and joy New Year!

  8. Ramona, this sounds yummo-good! I'm thinking it's like rice pudding, but in cake form... we would go crazy for this!

    Happy New Year to you and to your family, my friend!!! xoxo

  9. I like the idea of cooking the rice in coconut milk. I must try. Very interesting that this is also eaten the first of every month to start off the month with good luck. Happy New Year!

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