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Traditional Finnish Rice Pudding



How do you feel about traditions? I absolutely love them and especially when they have a little story behind them that leads to years and years before our time. Eating Rice Pudding on a Christmas Day in Finland is this kind of tradition. 

It is also a tradition to add an almond to the rice pudding pot and then the one that gets the almond is lucky and can make a wish or if you want you can reserve a present and give it to the lucky one. 

This tradition of adding an almond to the rice pudding leads back to the 1900-century and it was believed that getting the almond means: happiness and success for the next year; for unmarried, it would mean a wedding next year; getting a son, for someone who has no children; obligation to make a toast at Christmas table; a chance to make a secret wish and many more.


I just think this little almond in the porridge adds a fun element to the normal porridge eating. 

Enjoy eating this creamy rice pudding with your loved ones, whether it is for Christmas or just any other day. Oh, and dont forget to add that special almond for the fun :)


Step by Step Video


Traditional Finnish Rice Pudding

with Cinnamon Sugar (Riisipuuro)


  • 250g porridge rice (you can also use risotto or pudding rice)

  • 1300ml milk (I used 1.5% fat but you can use full fat also)

  • 200ml cream (30% fat)

  • pinch of salt

  • 2tsp sugar

  • 1/2tsp cinnamon


  1. Pour the milk and cream into a medium pot (minimum 3 liter volume) and bring to boil.

  2. Add a pinch of salt and the porridge rice,

  3. Cook the porridge over medium heat for about 30-40 minutes. Mix ones in a while.

  4. Once you have a creamy porridge, turn the heat off and remove the porridge from heat.

  5. For cinnamon sugar mix the sugar with cinnamon.

  6. Serve warm or cold with some cinnamon sugar on top.

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