Rice Porridge (Risengrød in Danish, Risgrynsgröt in

Recipe by kitty.rock

Called Risengrød in Denmark and Risgrynsgröt in Sweden, rice porridge is served on Christmas Eve both to family members and, traditionally, as an offering to the Nisse or Tomte, a beneficent but touchy household spirit. A single blanched almond is added to the pot before serving; whoever finds it is likely to be married in the next twelve months. Leftovers are reserved and used to make an elegant rice pudding to serve with Christmas dinner the next day. Posted for ZWT 6 -- Scandanavia.

Top Review by Deantini

This was just the way it is supposed to be! Very authentic and very yummy. We made it for our Nisse - yes we have one coming all the way from Denmark every December with small gifts throughout the month of December. So last night my girls decided that he should have some Risengroed which is their favorite treat. We of course had to try it as well and we liked it so much that we had to be very dilligent that there was enough left for our nisse. It is a MUST to add a bit of butter (salted) and a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon on top. I also make the Christmas dessert pudding you mention and from now on this recipe will be my go-to recipe for the base for that dessert. I checked the girls' rooms this morning - and I think our nisse really liked it as well, because he ate it all up!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup short-grained glutinous rice (I like to use Jasmine because of its added sweetness, pearl rice also works well)
  • 4 12 cups milk
  • cinnamon-sugar and butter


  1. Rinse rice well and drain. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups water, butter, and salt to a rapid boil over high heat. Pour in rice, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.
  2. Reduce heat to low, stirring rice until boiling is reduced to a simmer. Cover pot and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until rice has absorbed most of the water.
  3. Add milk to rice, stirring to incorporate. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then immediately reduce heat to low.
  4. Once boiling has reduced to a simmer, cover pot and allow to cook, without stirring, for 45 minutes.
  5. Serve with cinnamon-sugar and butter to taste
  6. (Christmas Eve Reminder: Don’t forget to stir a single blanched almond into the rice porridge before serving, particularly if there are family members you’d like to see married off. If there are Nisse about and livestock at stake, it’s also a good idea to top the porridge with a big slice of butter … or face the consequences!).

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