Milk Porridge – A Traditional Finnish Christmas Dish

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Milk porridge is a symbolic food of Christmas in Finland. The tradition is to put almonds in the pot and whoever hits them gets a present. It goes well with fruit soup.

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A Finnish Christmas Staple

According to Juhani, they used to have milk porridge every year on Christmas Eve in the morning. Even before the 24th, it is served at school lunches on the last day before the Christmas holidays.The Finnish way is to serve it with fruit soup. Fruit soup sounds like a very strange food to me. It may be easier to imagine it as a Japanese soft warabi-mochi with fruit. It is a must-have dessert for Christmas in Finland. The sticky texture and the moderate sweetness of the fruit make it very tasty, and I have loved it since the first bite.
Fruit Soup - Finnish Traditonal Sweet Christmas Soup
A sticky soup with dried fruits is Finnish Christmas staple. Fruis soup sounds interesting, but the taste is good. Served with milk porridge.

Milk Porridge to Try Your Luck

In this milk porridge, it is customary to put a number of almonds in the pot and give a small surprise to whoever wins it. Unfortunately, Juhani doesn’t remember finding any almonds and getting a surprise. But he really loves milk porridge, so milk porridge itself might be a gift! I don’t like it much, so he can eat it all, and he was so happy.

Here is the popular Finnish Christmas recipe.

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Milk Porridge – A Traditional Finnish Christmas Dish

Milk porridge is a symbolic food of Christmas in Finland. The tradition is to put almonds in the pot and whoever hits them gets a present. It goes well with fruit soup.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time1 hr
KeywordRice
Servings4 people
INGREDIENTS
  • milk 100 mL
  • water 200 mL
  • rice 250 mL
  • salt 1 tsp
  • butter 1 Tbsp
INSTRUCTIONS
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