Friday, April 20, 2012

R ~ Risgrynsgröt = rice porridge




In my ovanligt post I referred to school lunches and that rice pudding was my favorite. In researching pictures and recipes for this post, I realized a much better translation is rice porridge. The Swedish word is: risgrynsgröt.

Pronunciation:
Reese (as in Witherspoon) + green's + gr + e (as in um..err) + t

In learning this word, you've actually learned three Swedish words. It's another example of Swedes making long, compound words instead of using adjectives.
Ris = rice
gryn = grain
gröt = porridge

Ricegrainsporridge. Delish! It's sweet, and creamy, absolutely perfect served with whole milk, and cinnamon and sugar.  Here's a sample recipe.  I picked a fairly simple one.  Farmor's recipe was cooked more like risotto where you stir in a bit more milk every few minutes or so while continuously stirring.  It's a labor of love.  My mother always tried to make it faster and with less effort, until she gave up and realized that my Farmor's way was much better.  She still makes it for me every year.

Those Swedes are always trying to help you find true love, because when you make this treat, you put a whole almond in it. Legend says, whoever gets the almond will be the next to marry. I guess if you eat this before bed, find the almond, put the seven flowers under your pillow (see Midsommar post) then you'll not only dream of your true love, but find him before anyone else finds theirs! Worth a shot anyway ;-)

Does your family have a special treat that unique to your family?  What's the history of it?  I'd love to hear about some of your favorites.


12 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

I LOVE this pudding. In Greece, it's very common and it's called Risogalo, meaning Rice Milk :)

HeatherL said...

I love that it is a compound word. More words should be like that! And I love rice pudding too!!

Laurita said...

A delicious word and another great tradition in the almond.

Brian Miller said...

not a favorite but i will def eat it...maybe its because i have not tasted it by someone who really knows what they are doing...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's not like grits is it?

Retro-Zombie said...

always loved the word "porridge" i am loving the pronunciation part of your posts... it's like i hear your voice like the "speak-n-spell".

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mare ball said...

My mom created peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches when we were little. She must have been out of jelly. Anyhoo...she grilled them, like a grille cheese sandwich...and they are delish!! We have them once a week at our house. :-) Crazy, but true! Try it!

Lynn Proctor said...

this looks really good to me--as i love cream of wheat--this looks better than that!

Jenny said...

Oh Tina! This sounds absolutely delicious!

H said...

I am very fond of rice pudding, so this looks delicious!

Sonia Lal said...

We make something like that. It takes a long time, lots of milk and rice.

Sonia Lal, R is for Reading, @ Story Treasury

Anna said...

Risgrynsgröt! Mums!
Jag var lat och köpte färdiglagad risgrynsgröt på ICA-butiken häromdagen.
Kram,
Anna

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Rice-porridge! Yum! You can buy it ready-made inj the store here. I was really lazy one day and bought some. Tastes fine.
Hugs,
Anna