Winter is for long talks by the fireplace, pots simmering on the stove for hours and warming, spicy food. Porridge is by far my favourite breakfast in the cold months. It's easy to make, uses only a few ingredients and offers millions of variations (using different grains, spices, seeds, dried or fresh fruits, milks). Here is a rice porridge recipe inspired by a traditional swedish recipe.
— SERVES 4
2,5 DL/ 1 CUP PEARL RICE (OR ARBORIO RICE)
5 DL/ 2 CUPS WATER
A PINCH OF SALT
4 DL / A CAN OF COCONUT MILK
4-5 KAFFIR LIME LEAVES
1 TBSP COCONUT OIL OR BUTTER
2 TBSP SWEETENER (AGAVE SYRUP, HONEY...)
FRESH FRUITS (I USED MANDARINES,
KIWI, MANGO, PASSION FRUITS)
1 - Start by rinsing the rice a few times until the water runs clear. Add to a medium pot with 5 dl water and a pinch of salt. Bring to
a boil, reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and let cook for about
2 - Remove lid. Add coconut milk and kaffir lime leaves. Stir well
and bring to a boil again. Lower heat to low and simmer for about
40 minutes, stirring a few times. If the porridge is too thick, add
up to 2 dl of water to reach a smooth consistency.
3 - Stir in coconut oil or butter for extra creaminess.
4 - Serve with fresh fruits and ground cinnammon. Enjoy warm for a cosy winter breakfast or let it cool and layer the porridge in a glass with colorful fruits and a drizzle of honey for a festive dessert.
- As for most grains, i like to soak rice before cooking. This improves the nutritional value and reduces the cooking time. To do so, place rice
in the same pot you’re planning to cook it in. Cover with plenty of water and let sit for a few hours or overnight. When ready to make the porridge, rinse the rice a few times (discarding soaking water) and go on with the recipe. You will probably need to simmer for 20-30 minutes instead of 40 minutes. Give it a taste and follow your intuition !
- Kaffir lime leaves can be found in all asiatic stores. I like to buy them frozen. They have a fresh and bright fragrance. I store them in the freezer and take out a few when i need it for a recipe. If you can’t find kaffir lime leaves you could go for a more classic version by using cinnamon sticks instead.