List of porridges

Porridge is a dish made by boiling ground, crushed, or chopped starchy plants (typically grains) in water, milk,[1] or both, with optional flavorings, and is usually served hot in a bowl or dish. It may be served as a sweet or savory dish, depending on the flavourings.

A porridge made with millet




  • Barley gruel  type of porridge found in Danyang, Jiangsu. It is made from barley, rice and alkali.
  • Belila is an Egyptian porridge made from pearl wheat, cooked in a light syrup with anise seed and golden raisins, served with chopped toasted nuts and a splash of milk.
  • Bogobe jwa logala  sorghum porridge cooked in boiling milk, with or without sugar.
  • Brenntar  Made of specially roasted flour (Musmehl). Particularly prominent in the Swabian Jura and in the Allgäu.
  • Bubur ayam  Malaysian and Indonesian chicken congee. It is rice congee with shredded chicken meat served with condiments such as chopped scallion, crispy fried shallot, celery, tongcay (preserved salted vegetables) and fried soybeans.
  • Bubur kacang hijau  Malaysian and Indonesian mung bean congee, in which the beans are boiled in coconut milk with palm sugar.
  • Bubur ketan hitam or bubur pulut hitam  an Indonesian and Malaysian sweet dessert made from black glutinous rice porridge with coconut milk and palm sugar. It is often described as "black rice pudding".
  • Bygggrøt / -graut  type of porridge traditional in Norway. It is made from barley, milk or water, salt and butter. The ingredients are boiled together for a few minutes, the grits is then poured onto a plate, where sugar, cinnamon is sprinkled on top, and a piece of butter is added in the center. This dish was a staple part of the Norwegian diet during pre-industrial times, sugar and cinnamon being the modern changes to the dish.


Chinese rice congee


  • Dakjuk  type of juk (Korean porridge) made with chicken.[2]
  • Dalia  type of Indian porridge made with Indian oats and served with nuts and dried fruit.


  • Eghajira  a sweet, thick drink, normally drunk by the Tuaregs on special occasions.


Millet flour porridges: rouy (smooth infant porridge) versus fondé (rolled pellets and milk). Senegal
  • Farex brand name instant baby cereal food served warm or cold as a first food for infants. Produced by the Glaxo company in Australia and New Zealand since the 1930s.
  • Farina  cereal food, frequently described as mild-tasting, usually served warm, made from cereal grains (usually semolina).
  • Frumenty was a popular dish in Western European medieval cuisine. It was made primarily from boiled, cracked wheat  hence its name, which derives from the Latin word frumentum, "grain".
  • Fondé - a boiled porridge made with rolled millet flour pellets (araw/arraw) served stirred with condensed milk, sugar, a little butter if available. For older children and adults. Senegal.


Prepared grits (in bowl)
  • Ga'at – a stiff porridge eaten in Eritrea and Ethiopia, often prepared with barley flour.
  • Gachas – an ancestral basic dish from central and southern Spain. Its main ingredients are flour, water, olive oil, garlic and salt.
  • Garbuzova kasha – a traditional Ukrainian dish from pumpkin, used for dinner or dessert.
  • Gofio escaldado or escaldón – a kind of thick porridge of Canary Islands made by mixing gofio with the stock from a stew or soup, which is then served alongside the same.
  • Gofio con leche - similar to above but prepared with a hot milk (and sometimes cinnamon) and consumed as a breakfast.
  • Gomme (food) – a traditional Norwegian dish used for dinner or dessert, one variety is a white, porridge-like variant made of milk and oat grains or rice.
  • Grit (grain)  (going back to Old English grytt or grytta or gryttes[3]) is an almost extinct word for bran, chaff, mill-dust also for oats that have been husked but not ground, or that have been only coarsely ground—coarse oatmeal.
  • Grits – ground-maize food of Native American origin, that is common in the Southern United States and mainly eaten at breakfast. Modern grits are commonly made of alkali-treated corn known as hominy.
  • Groat (grain)  the hulled kernels of various cereal grains such as oat, wheat, and rye. Groats are whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain as well as the endosperm (which is the usual product of milling).
  • Gruel – very thin porridge, often drunk.
  • Gungude – also known as congatay or plantain porridge, is a Caribbean porridge made from sun-dried plantains or green bananas. It is often fed to infants.[4]
  • Guriev porridge – a Russian porridge dish prepared from semolina and milk with the addition of nuts (hazelnut, walnuts, almonds), kaimak (creamy foams) and dried fruits.[5]


  • Hapanvelli  a traditional Southeastern Finnish dish that resembles pea soup but has a more sour flavor.
  • Harees  a Middle Eastern dish of boiled, cracked, or coarsely-ground wheat and meat or chicken. Its consistency varies between a porridge and a dumpling.
  • Hasty pudding  a pudding or porridge of grains cooked in milk or water. In the United States, it invariably refers to a version made of ground maize. Hasty pudding is notably mentioned in a verse of the early American song Yankee Doodle.
  • Helmipuuro  traditional in Finland and in Russia, this porridge is made from monodisperse grains of potato starch that are swelled in boiling milk into translucent "pearls" of about 5 mm in diameter, thus the name helmipuuro ("pearl porridge").
  • Hobakjuk  a variety of juk, or Korean porridge, made with steamed pumpkin or squash and glutinous rice flour or rice soaked in water.[6]


  • Janggukjuk  a variety of juk, or Korean porridge, made with pounded non-glutinous rice (as opposed to glutinous rice), beef and brown oak mushrooms.
  • Jatjuk  a variety of juk made by boiling finely ground pine nuts and rice flour or soaked rice. Janggukjuk is seasoned with soy sauce, and it literally means soy sauce porridge.
  • Jeonbokjuk  juk made with abalone and white rice
  • Juk (food)  a predominantly Korean porridge made of grains such as cooked rice, beans, sesame, and azuki beans.[7] It is also a common food in other Eastern Asian countries under different names. Juk is often eaten warm in Korea, especially as a morning meal, but is now eaten at any time of the day.[7]


  • Kānga pirau – a fermented corn porridge dish that is made and consumed by the Maori of New Zealand
  • Kasha  a buckwheat cereal eaten in Central and Eastern Europe (especially Russia) and the United States. It is a common filling for a knish. This English-language usage probably originated with Jewish immigrants, as did the form קאַשי "kashi" (technically plural, literally translated as "porridges").[8]
  • Khichdi  a preparation made in Southeast Asia from cooking lentils and rice together. It can be prepared to a pilaf-like consistency, or as more of a porridge or soup. It is a comfort food, can be served to babies, and it is often served to the ill.
  • Konkonte  a poverty food of Ghana made from dried and pounded manioc root. It is also eaten in the Caribbean. The name derives from the Kwa languages.
  • Koozh  the Tamil name for a porridge made from millet. It is commonly sold by street vendors in the state of Tamil Nadu in India.
  • Krentjebrij  a Groningen/north Drenthe traditional soup or porridge-like dessert with juice of berries that is eaten either warm or cold.
  • Kutia – a sweet grain pudding, traditionally served in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and some parts of Poland. Kutia is often the first dish in the traditional twelve-dish Christmas Eve supper (also known as Svyatah Vecherya).


Laba congee with nuts and dried fruits
  • Laba congee  a ceremonial congee dish eaten on the eighth day of the twelfth month in the Chinese calendar. The earliest form of this dish was cooked with red beans, it has since developed into many different kinds.
  • Lakh – a very popular boiled porridge made with rolled millet flour pellets (araw/arraw) typically topped at serving with sweetened fermented milk. Usually served in a communal bowl or platter. West Africa, Senegal. (Lakh and araw are from the Wolof, names vary between languages and countries)
    Lakh - millet flour porridge in communal platter served topped with sweetened fermented milk (sow). Senegal, West Africa.
  • Lâpa – a kind of rice porridge or gruel eaten in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire
  • Lugaw or lugao – the Tagalog name for congee in Philippine cuisine.


  • Malt-O-Meal  a porridge-like prepared food that's served hot
  • Mămăligă  made out of yellow maize flour, traditional in Romania and Moldova. It is similar to the Italian polenta.[9]
  • Maypo  a brand of maple-flavored oatmeal. It was developed by the Maltex Corporation in Burlington, Vermont, in 1953.
  • Mazamorra  a traditional maize-based Latin American food. Several variations by country exist.
  • Mieum  a Korean gruel created by grinding rice or millet to an almost-powder state and boiling with water.
  • Mingau  A Brazilian meal made most commonly with cornstarch, sugar and milk. Also often topped with cinnamon.
  • Močnik  a traditional Slovenian porridge
  • Mush[10] – a thick cornmeal pudding or porridge usually boiled in water or milk. It is often allowed to set, or gel into a semi solid, then cut into flat squares or rectangles, and pan fried.


A close-up of cooked oatmeal
  • Oatmeal  also known as white oats, is ground oat groats (i.e., grains, as in oat-meal, cf. cornmeal, peasemeal, etc.), or a porridge made from oats (also called oatmeal cereal or stirabout). Oatmeal can also be ground oats, steel-cut oats, crushed oats, or rolled oats.
  • Obusuma – the Luhya word for Ugali, a Kenyan dish also known as sima, sembe, ngima or posho. It is made from maize flour (cornmeal) cooked with boiling water to a thick porridge dough-like consistency. In Luhya cuisine it is the most common staple starch.
  • Ogokbap  or five-grains rice, is a kind of Korean food made of a bowl of steamed rice mixed with grains, including barley, foxtail millet, millet and soy beans.[11]
  • Okayu  the name for the type of congee eaten in Japan, which is less broken down than congee produced in other cultures. The water ratio is typically lower and the cooking time is longer. It is commonly seasoned with salt, egg, negi, salmon, ikura, ginger, and umeboshi. Miso or chicken stock may be used to flavor the broth. It is commonly served to infants, the elderly, and the ill.
  • Øllebrød  a traditional Danish dish  a type of porridge made of rugbrød scraps and beer, typically hvidtøl. A thrifty dish, it makes it possible to use the rest of the bread scraps so that nothing is wasted.


Papeda, served in Waroeng Ikan Bakar, a restaurant specializing in Eastern Indonesian food in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Pap  also known as mieliepap in South Africa, is a traditional porridge/polenta made from mielie-meal (ground maize) and a staple food of the Bantu inhabitants of South Africa (the Afrikaans word pap is taken from Dutch and simply means "porridge").
  • Papeda  or bubur sagu, is a sago flour congee, the staple food of native people in Maluku and Papua. It is commonly found in eastern Indonesia, as the counterpart of central and western Indonesian cuisines that favor rice as their staple food.
  • Pastel de choclo  a dish based on sweetcorn or choclo, the quechua word for “tender corn”, or the new corn of the season. It is a typical dish in Chile, but is also eaten in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru with some variations in the recipe, sometimes using corn meal
  • Pease pudding  a term of British origin regarding a savory pudding dish made of boiled legumes,[12] which mainly consists of split yellow or Carlin peas, water, salt, and spices. It is often cooked with bacon.
  • Pinole  a Spanish translation of an Aztec word for a coarse flour made from ground toasted maize kernels, often in a mixture with a variety of herbs and ground seeds, which can be eaten by itself or be used as the base for a beverage.
  • Pirón or Pirão  gummy porridge made of farinha (cassava starch) and broth (usually from puchero or moqueca) consumed in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
  • Poleá  sweet Andalusian porridge made with flour, milk, and sugar and flavored with anise. Sometimes fruit, honey, cinnamon, or other ingredients are added, and it is often served cold and with croutons of fried bread.
  • Polenta  cornmeal boiled into a porridge,[13] and eaten directly or baked, fried or grilled. The term is of Italian origin, derived from the Latin for hulled and crushed grain (especially barley-meal).
  • Puliszka   is a coarse cornmeal porridge[14] in Hungary, mostly in Transylvania. Traditionally, it is prepared with either sweetened milk or goat's milk cottage cheese, bacon or mushrooms.


  • Red River Cereal  A porridge from Canada, consisting of cracked wheat, rye and flax seed, boiled in water, usually served with milk and brown sugar.
  • Rice cereal  the name commonly given to industrially manufactured baby food based on rice. Ingredient lists vary based upon manufacturer formulas.
  • Riebel  a porridge dish from Austria made with cornmeal, butter, milk, and salt.[15]
  • Rødgrød  a sweet fruit dish from Denmark and Germany (called also Rote Grütze); its preparation is basically that of a pudding. Contemporary versions of the dish often use potato starch to achieve a creamy to pudding-like starch gelatinization.
  • Rømmegrøt  Norwegian porridge made with sour cream, whole milk, wheat flour, butter, sugar, and salt.[16]
  • Rubaboo  a basic stew or porridge consumed by the coureurs des bois and voyageurs (fur traders) and Métis people[17] of North America, traditionally made of peas or corn (or both) with grease (bear or pork) and a thickening agent (bread or flour). Pemmican[18] and maple sugar were also commonly added to the mixture.
  • Rouy - a smooth, boiled millet flour infants' porridge made only with water and sifted millet flour (soungouf) especially for infants, the first solid food offered to infants. Senegal.


Semolina pudding
  • Sadza  a cooked cornmeal that is a staple food in Zimbabwe and other parts of Southern Africa and Eastern Africa. This food is cooked widely in other countries in these region.
  • Semolina pudding  made from semolina, which is cooked with milk, or a mixture of milk and water. It is often served with sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, raisins, fruit, or syrup.[19]
  • Sofkey   a traditional southeastern Native American porridge made from corn, pounded, culled and sifted, boiled in water with lye. Served hot or cold traditionally without seasoning. It can be drunk or eaten with a spoon depending on the consistency, which can vary from a thin gruel to a watery porridge.[20]
  • Sowans  a Scottish dish made using the starch remaining on the inner husks of oats after milling. The husks are allowed to soak in water and ferment for a few days. The liquor is strained off and allowed to stand for a day to allow the starchy matter therein to settle. The liquid part, or swats is poured off and can be drunk. The remaining sowans are boiled with water and salt until thickened, then served with butter or dipped into milk.
  • Stip (dish)  a regional dish in the Dutch provinces of Groningen, Drenthe and Overijssel. It is served as buckwheat porridge with a hole containing fried bacon and a big spoonful of syrup.



  • Uji (porridge)  maize or sorghum or millet or a mix of them all flour cooked with water to a porridge- or blended soup-like consistency. The dish is common in the local cuisines of the eastern African Great Lakes region and Southern Africa. The word "uji" is Kiswahili commonly used in Kenya.


  • Vispipuuro  a sweet, wheat semolina (manna) dessert porridge made with berries, usually lingonberries. It is eaten in Sweden, Finland and Estonia.


See also


  1. "Definition of porridge in English". Oxford Dictionaries. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  2. Bigg, Margot (8 January 2013). Moon Taj Mahal, Delhi & Jaipur – Margot Bigg. ISBN 9781612383545. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  3. the Oxford English Dictionary gives the following earliest references: Epinal Gloss. 823 Pullis, grytt. c1000 ÆLFRIC Gloss. in Wr.-Wülcker 141/20 Apludes uel cantabra, hwæte gryttan. c1000 Sax. Leechd. II. 220 oððe grytta. a1100 Ags. Voc. in Wr.-Wülcker 330/33 Furfures, gretta. 11.. Voc. ibid. 505/13 Polline, gryttes. a1225 Ancr. R. 186 þis is Godes heste, þet him is muchele leouere þen þet tu ete gruttene bread, oð er werie herde here.
  4. Allsopp, Richard (2003). Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage (2nd ed.). Kingston, Jamaica: Univ. of the West Indies Press. p. 167. ISBN 9766401454.
  5. Goldstein, D.; Mintz, S. (2015). The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. Oxford University Press. p. 597. ISBN 978-0-19-931362-4. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  6. "Hobakjuk (호박죽 ―粥)" (in Korean). Empas / EncyKorea. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  7. An Illustrated Guide to Korean Culture – 233 traditional key words. Seoul: Hakgojae Publishing Co. 2002. pp. 20–21. ISBN 8985846981.
  8. Steinmetz, Sol. Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms. p. 42. ISBN 0-7425-4387-0.
  9. "Coming up: Food from the new EU". BBC News. January 1, 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  10. What the Slaves Ate: Recollections of African American Foods and Foodways from the Slave Narratives  Herbert C. Covey, Dwight Eisnach. p. 81.
  11. Koo, Chun-sur (Winter 2003). "Ogokbap : Excellent Source of Nutrients for Late Winter" (PDF). Koreana. 17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  12. Charles Roundell, Mrs (1898). Mrs. Roundell's Practical cookery book – Mrs. Charles Roundell – Google Books. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  13. Oxford English Dictionary 2nd ed.: a. maize flour, especially as used in Italian cookery. b. A paste or dough made from such meal, a dish made with this.
  14. Walker, H. (1996). Cooks & Other People: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, 1995. Oxford symposium on food and cookery. Prospect Books. p. 274. ISBN 978-0-907325-72-7. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  15. "Riebel". Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  16. "Rommegrot – Microwave". Sons of Norway. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  17. Manitoba: Past and Present : Hands-on Social Studies, Grade 4  Jennifer E. Lawson, Linda McDowell, Barbara Thomson. p. 186.
  18. A People on the Move: The Métis of the Western Plains  Irene Ternier Gordon. p. 20.
  19. "Spiced semolina pudding with ginger biscuits". Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  20. Sylestine, Hardy, and Montler (1993). Dictionary of the Alabama Language. Austin: University of Texas Press. p. 128. ISBN 978-0292730779.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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