Kiribath (milk rice) is a traditional Sri Lankan dish made from rice. The word is a compound with a transparent meaning in the Sinhala language, where kiri (කිරි) means "milk" and bath ( බත්) means "rice". Kiribath can be considered a form of rice pudding. The dish is prepared by cooking rice with coconut milk, whence this name. In Tamil, the dish is called paalchoru. The origins of Kiribath are not clear although it has now become a traditional dish and is common in almost every household in Sri Lanka, be it rich or poor.
Kiribath is an essential dish for any auspicious moment. It is very commonly served for breakfast on the first day of each month and is a very important aspect for the Sinhalese in celebrating the Sinhalese New Year. Kiribath is cooked and served as the first meal after the dawn of the new year.Kiribath is one of famous and a major food in Sri Lanka