Mung Kiribath or Green Gram Milk Rice

Mung beans or green gram is a popular food in many Asian countries including Sri Lanka. Packed with a lot of vitamins and nutrients, green gram is an excellent breakfast cereal for the whole family. Mung kiribath, also known as mungata kiribath or green gram milk rice, is a traditional Sri Lankan brakfast similar to milk rice. Eaten with traditional Sri Lankan chilli paste, mung kiribath is a healthy meal for an active lifestyle.


  • White or brown rice – 1 1/2 cups
  • Green gram (mung dhal – 1 cup soaked overnight
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Salt – 2 teaspoons


  1. Cook rice and green gram with 4 1/2 cups of water and salt on the stove or in a rice cooker.
  2. When the rice and green gram are tender with about 1/2 cup of water remaining, add the coconut milk.
  3. Stir until the mixture thickens and the rice is fully cooked.
  4. Pour the rice onto a plate or platter and spread it evenly.
  5. Let the rice cool to room temperature.
  6. Cut the rice into large squares using a knife.
  7. Serve with traditional Sri Lankan chilli paste (lunumiris).

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