Christmas Porridge (Julgrot)

Christmas rice porridge is a part of the traditional Swedish Christmas Eve supper. According to tradition and practiced in many homes both in Sweden and America each person must compose and recite a rhyme before touching the porridge and the one who gets the almond hidden in the porridge will marry during the coming year.


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 quarts boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 cups milk
  • 1 blanched whole almond
  • Cinnamon or grated almonds
  • granulated sugar
  • Cold milk


  1. Add washed and drained rice to boiling water. Again bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, 1 minute.
  2. Drain rice thoroughly; add butter.
  3. Add rice, salt and sugar to milk in top of double boiler. Cover and cook over gently boiling water until rice is tender and milk is absorbed, about 2 hours.
  4. Pour into serving dish and stir in almond.
  5. Sprinkle top generously with cinnamon and sugar or grated almonds and sugar.
  6. Serve with cold milk.

Yield: 8 servings