Norwegian Porridge, aka Risengrynsgrøt, is a one-pot rice meal prepared and enjoyed on Christmas day in the Scandinavian regions in Europe.
It’s a super easy recipe. Yet you can make the Norwegian porridge as a healthy dish for breakfast any time of the year!
Learn how to make the Norwegian Porridge from scratch with the step by step recipe with instructions, ingredients and video further below.
The Norwegians Porridge is a common lunch dish on Christmas day in the scandinavian countries.
They call this milk rice porridge Risengrynsgrøt in Norway and Risengrøt in Denmark.
Apparently this rice porridge is common under another name in Sweden, Finland and Iceland as well. I can’t confirm this as Norwegians mentioned Denmark as another country.
So, while we just call it a Norwegian Porridge, this rice pudding actually belongs to a many people in the Scandinavian region.
I was brought to the attention of this porridge by my brother who’s an avid Norway fan. Having been there for a while he even picked up the language.
So eventually the question came up about this rice pudding in facebook…
What is the Norwegian Porridge?
The Norwegian porridge is prepared with short grain rice such as Paella rice/ Risotto rice.
This particular rice porridge belongs to the Scandinavian region but does come close to other rice puddings around the world such as the French riz au lait, the Indian Kheer or the Spanish Arroz con Leche.
As I mentioned above it’s a specialty reserved for the Christmas day.
So, in a way the Norwegian Porridge is a big deal in that sense because it’s not some dessert, such as the Portuguese Christmas dessert treat arroz doce, but in fact the main meal.
The original and traditional Risengrynsgrøt is a savory main course dish.
This of course is something unusual and I was really surprised when the Norwegians started to share their childhood food memories when they heard that I was looking for a real Norwegian porridge.
Ultimately, at first it came through that it was a Christmas eve meal. Yet, I was informed otherwise via instagram from a Norwegian user @kimgiertsen.
I may quote:
Yes, but not for supper, but lunch before church or other activities. Many people take an almond, remove its skin and put it in the rice porridge. This is a Christmas game, the person who gets the almond in his or her porridge is supposed to hide it, often in their mouth. After everyone has finished their porridge someone asks “Who has the almond”? The lucky person wins a small gift., often a marzipan figurine, in the shape of a pig.
How to prepare the Norwegian Porridge, Risengrynsgrøt, from scratch?
To prepare the Norwegian Porridge from scratch is not rocket science.
While traditionally it’s a Christmas meal, I think it makes a great breakfast dish as well!
Risengrynsgrøt ingredients include short grain rice, water, milk, salt, cinnamon, and butter.
From what I was told is that the very traditional Norwegian Porridge does not mention the use of sugar. However, this changed in time and some people started to add some sugar to their porridge.
So, you can add sugar to your Risengrynsgrøt if you want.
I limit the amount of sugar in mine because I tend to not have a huge sweet tooth, in fact, I would have kept it out completely if it wasn’t for the fact that I actually made this batch for my husband who is a huge fan of any rice pudding. He also likes his sugar!
You could also add some raisins if you wanted to your Norwegian porridge.
To make it, you just need to cook the rice in water and then milk first. The point is to slow cook it as long as possible. Most Norwegian will tell you to cook it for about 45 minutes.
In fact, I got the suggestion to first cook the Risengrynsgrøt on the stove until the rice boils in the milk and then to cover and shift the whole content to the oven to further bake it there for a total of 45 minutes or until the whole content is super creamy.
I thought a one-pot dish would be more useful as I try to avoid to wash too many dishes and you know, I like to keep it simple if possible.
So while 45 minutes is the suggested cooking time, I only took about 20 minutes to cook mine because my rice was super soft and the content completely creamy.
I suspect the longer you slow cook the rice pudding on the stove the better the Norwegian porridge turns out!
The end result in general should be that the rice is soft and never al dente. The Risengrynsgrøt needs to be creamy and thick.
After cooking the rice porridge pour some into a bowl, sprinkle with cinnamon powder and add a spoon full of butter into the center and serve it that way.
The butter is then mixed in, and yes I know I took a huge dollop of butter in the video, but I will tell you, the taste was incredible!
Norwegian Porridge Recipe - Risengrynsgrøt
How to Video
To cook the Norwegian porridge:
- 1 cup Short Grain Rice
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 5 cups Milk
- 2 Tablespoon Sugar
For each bowl:
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 dollop Tablespoon Butter
- Wash your rice until the water is clear then take to the pot with the water and heat up. Let cook, add salt and bring to a boil.
- Then add all the milk to the rice. Mix well and simmer slowly for 20-40 minutes. Remember the longer you let it cook slowly on the heat the better the Norwegian porridge will turn out. Make sure to stir every now and then so that the content doesn't stick on the bottom of the pan. The porridge will slowly thicken while is simmering.
- The porridge is ready when it has thickened, turned very creamy and when the rice is properly well cooked and soft.
- Then add some of the hot porridge into a bowl, sprinkle some cinnamon on it and add the butter into the center of the bowl on the porridge. Then you just need to make the whole contend and enjoy your homemade Risengrynsgrøt!
- This will make a bigger batch which I think comes handy. Just eat what you can and want and then store the rest in a airtight container in the fridge. Take it out whenever you want and heat it up!. Makes a great breakfast meal after workout!
- To make this Norwegian porridge a tiny bit healthier use a vegetable-based fat instead of butter such as margarine. Although I think there is nothing wrong with butter!
- The Norwegian porridge is gluten-free, nut-free and vegetarian. To make it vegan use almond milk please instead of regular cow milk.
More rice dishes! 🍚
- Rice with Melon Breakfast bowl
- Chicken and Rice one-pot dish
- Fragrant rice with clove
- Lemon rice
- Coriander/Cilantro Rice
- Fried Rice with Egg
Dear Reader, have you ever tried Norwegian Porridge before and if yes where?
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