Srilankan kiribath and Lunu Miris
Although very near to my native state, the country of Srilanka is as new to me as a distant New Zealand. But Siri has bought it much closer with her theme Srilankan for A W E D. Having never explored the cuisine myself, this was indeed a great oppurtunity. I waded through recipes online and finally decided to start out with something very basic and very traditional. Although I tried to keep to the authentic method, I had to make few changes to suit my taste buds. I have a sensitive palate and required to play around the ingredients and process a bit. I am talking about Srilankan Vegetarian Chilli Sambal - Lunu Miris.
Srilankan kiribath and Lunu Miris
Traditionally the small onions are processed raw along with chilli powder and lemon juice. It was too strong for me and this I did a quick stir fry along with dried red chillies ( Red chilli powder is non-existent in my kitchen!). It was perfect for me and the hotness of the sambal went very well with the plain Kiribath (traditional srilankan coconut milk rice)
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  • Serves: 2 people
    Srilankan Kiribath - Milk Rice
  • 1 cup short grained rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • salt to taste
    Srilankan Vegetarian Chilli Sambal - Lunu Miris
  • 1 cup peeled small/pearled red onions, peeled
  • 3-4 dried red chillies (or) 2-3 tbsp red chilli powder (as per taste)
  • juice of a small lemon
  • salt to taste
1. In a pan/electric rice cooked, add rice and water and cook until most of the water has been absorbed.
2. Add the coconut milk and cook for few minutes more until the rice becomes creamy.
3. Meanwhile, in a skillet saute the onions and red chillies with little salt for few seconds.
4. Grind it up into a coarse paste along with lemon juice
5. I saute it for the purpose of avoiding the strong onion taste. Traditionally its not done in this manner - at least the online resources don't.
6. Cool the rice well and press it down to level it in a dish.
7. Cut it into diamond shapes and serve along with Lunu Miris.
Simple wasnt it? Sometimes the most simplest of dishes can be so delightful to the senses! This one sure was to me. Special thanks to Siri for introducing this cuisine to me. Srilankan kiribath and Lunu Miris

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By Lawanya on Jan 18, 2012

Hi.. I'm a Sri Lankan and this is one of our age old traditional auspicious recipes.. and u have done it justice. I usually make the rice with raw rice and cook it little bit longer to make it more mushy, and i do the lunu miris the old way.

Speaking about ur blog, i love this.. I coming from a non-veg family happens to marry a Vegie husband form a Veg family and ur site has given me lot of inspiration to cook Vegetarian meals..(now I am a Vegetarian as well, {Eggs allowed ;) } 

Love ur blog... keep up the good work..


By Mashya on Jul 27, 2014

Hello DK, I am from Sri Lanka and I had never really made kiri-bath before I saw your recipe. This is my third Eid, and I still follow your recipe. I just want to thank you for this nice little blogpost, very assuring pictures and excellent advice! I havent seen any of your other recipes, I would like to. Thank you again and wishing you success.

By Gerard on Jul 18, 2012

You can also substitute the lemon juice for Sri Lankan lime pickle which adds a characteristic sharp sour flavour. The Sri Lankan lime pickle is usually unspiced and consists of sundried limes crystallised in salt and mostly used as an ingredients in other recipes such as lunu miris.

By Aruni on Oct 19, 2011

Wow! Thanks for introducing Sri Lankan cuisine here. Well..guess what? Traditional way of making Lunu Miris is just as you did it! I mean, with dry red chillies and not with chilli powder. You can try another method to reduce the strong onion taste. Grind the onions, red chillies with salt to taste and then, heat a little oil. Put some curry leaves and add the Lunu Miris and saute. Will be delicious with KiriBath! Good luck!

By indosungod on Jun 8, 2009

Simple but a mouth watering delicacy. The color is so very attractive. Though very similar to Indian Cuisine (if we can even lump it all together) theirs has a subtle difference and taste. I have a friend close by and absolutely love her creations.

By notyet100 on Jun 8, 2009

awesome combol;;;looks so yum,,

By Sadhana on Jun 7, 2009

Never tried Srilankan cuisine, this looks very good and i will definitely try it out. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments in our blog.

By Uma on Jun 6, 2009

wOW, a complete new dish to me! looks so yummy :)

By Lisa on Jun 6, 2009

I am not familiar with Srilankan cuisine, but this creation certainly inspires me to learn more!

By Siri on Jun 6, 2009

Yum yum yum :)))) ok, now don't forget to forward me the link ;) even if u do, I know where to grabbit from :))))) Loads of hugs, Šîrï By the way, this coming Friday I will be in your time zone for a week!!!

By Asha on Jun 6, 2009

Hugs to you DK, take care. see you in the Fall. Trisha is graduating today, big ceremony at the Coliseum at 3pm and a big party with her friends in a Bed and Breakfast in the evening!! :)

By Asha on Jun 6, 2009

Hi sweet girl, how are you? I am still recovering from cold and exhaution, but getting better. Your new looks are pretty, will update in my blogroll. Met Latha in Bangalore, talked about you and Siri too. Latha wants to visit me with her family someday, may be you and Siri can see her too! :) Yeah, I had to replace my powder puff every 3 days in Bangalore because it would turn black when I powdered my nose everyday, you know what I mean! Air was so terrible in Bangalore. I did travel mostly in Autos, sometimes in cars, so it probably made it worse for me with exposed doors etc. I just mentioned the truth and my experience in my post visiting there after 18yrs and some have REAL problem with that and apparently they LOVE pollution too! But I enjoyed the stay though, next time I go there, I try and stay home more than traveling. This time, EVERYBODY wanted to see me, so I was zipping about in the autos more than home! :D

By Parita on Jun 6, 2009

Sounds delicious combo..nice clicks

By Priya on Jun 6, 2009

I do prepared chilli sambal and enjoyed each and every spoon...Urs looks amazing DK...I love srilankan cuisine but AWED pulled me to try many sri lankan dishes at home...Kiribath looks too deliciou too...Both dishes together looks terrific!

By Lubna Karim on Jun 5, 2009

Oh wow looks simply that chilli paste touch to the recipe....

By Happy Cook on Jun 5, 2009

Just looking to the pic my mouth is watering. I have hears so much about this sambal from srilanka. Didn' tknwo they added coconut in them.

By anudivya on Jun 5, 2009

The coconut milk rice is something that I would enjoy, since I make that very often. I love Sri Lankan cuisine and can't wait to check out all the recipes including urs at the round up.

By Divya vikram on Jun 5, 2009

That sounds like comfort food!

By Kalai on Jun 5, 2009

Sounds like an awesome combo, Dhivi! I'm also not familiar with Srilankan cuisine. Will have to try to experiment with it sometime. Nice one! :)