Sri Lankan Milk Rice & Onion Sambol (Gluten-Free and Vegan)

When traveling through Sri Lanka, it was actually rare to find milk rice out and about with the locals. Mainly because it is a recipe used typically for holidays rather than every morning treat.

However, being gluten-free and loving carbs, I was on a hunt for this delicacy and found a couple spots that would cater to my requests.  Boy am I spoiled!

I enjoyed eating milk rice with either the Sri Lankan tiny-bananas and fresh local honey or with a spicy Sambol. I can't say I had a preference, as we all know I love honey and bananas but also enjoy a bit of spice to my food as well.

Upon returning home, I knew I would have to research a quick recipe and enjoy this dish more often at home, share with those I love, and dream about it at night (okay, that might be taking it a bit far, but you get my drift).

I did a little research and found a recipe that seemed to encompass most of my research.

Milk Rice:
- 2 Cups rinsed (and not precooked)
- 1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk
- 4 1/2 Cups Water
- Salt to taste

I washed the rice. Added it to a large saucepan with the 4 1/2 Cups water and let it come to a boil. Once at a boil, I reduced the heat to medium and allowed it to continue to cook until all the water was absorbed. I then added the Coconut Milk and let it simmer until the mixture was absorbed and the milk rice started to stick together. Once ready, I poured it into a shallow plate to cool - where I could then continue to use a cookie cutter and make some cool shapes. I also, at the last minute, decided to add a bit of cinnamon on top.

Seeni Sambol:
- 1 Large Onion
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon powder
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 Teaspoon of Sugar
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon of Crushed Red Chillies
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder (the hotter of the varieties, the better)
- 1 Minced Garlic Clove
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- Juice of 1 Lime

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. You need to hand slice or grate the onion into small pieces. I let the mixture sit overnight to soak in all of the flavors.



  1. So funny you did this because right before I broke my foot I looked up the recipe to make this!!! Yum!


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