Risengrød definition and tradition
Risengrød is a Danish traditional Christmas dish, that despite the sweet cinnamon-sugar topping, is usually eaten for dinner. It is made out of rice, water, salt, and whole milk and is topped with butter and sprinkled with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Risengrød is nowadays cheap to make and is a very filling dish but hasn’t always been cheap to make. Actually, rice pudding used to be a luxury dish that only the rich could afford since rice was a difficult and expensive product to import.
Around the year 1900, rice became more common to buy for the average Danish family since the rice prices lowered. Risengrød was, therefore, a great way to celebrate Christmas and not too expensive anymore. On my dad’s side of the family, they have a tradition of eating rice pudding as a starter on Christmas Eve, and is still doing it the day today. When my dad and his brothers were children the rice pudding was a way of eating something filling before the actual Christmas dinner. In that way, they could save money on the meat and potatoes that they ate for Christmas.
Wanna know how to pronounce Risengrød? Listen to a Danish man pronouncing Risengrød here: Risengrød pronunciation.
Risengrød was later developed into Risalamande “Ris a la mande” where almonds and whipped cream were added and made into a delicious dessert. I will post the recipe and tell more about that tradition for Risalamande on December 23, 2020.
Danish Rice Pudding Recipe (Risengrød)
- 2 ½ cups (6 deciliters) water
- 2 cups (4.5 deciliters) short-grained white rice for pudding
- 8 ½ cups (2 liters) whole milk
- ½ teasoon salt
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon butter (on each portion)
- In a large pot, add water and rice and bring to a boil. Let cook for about 2 minutes while stirring.
- Pour in the whole milk and bring to a boil while stirring. Put on a lid and let cook for about 30-35 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Meanwhile, mix ground cinnamon and sugar.
- Add salt to the rice pudding and serve with cinnamon-sugar and a teaspoon of butter on top of each portion.