Rice porridge – the couch way..


This is one of the easiest recipes on the planet. The only choice is whether you want to spend your time at the stove or doing something else while dinner gets almost done on the couch. I know what I want, because milk in a pot is annoying if you don’t stir often enough. I always make my rice porridge this way and it never fails.

We need:

  • 125 g shortgrained rice. Japonica is the best.
  • 1 L full fat milk. Full fat makes the creamiest porridge. (Also doesn’t burn that easily)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • butter

The stove approach looks like this:

Bring the rice and milk to a boil and cook at medium heat 50-60 min. depending on the pot, stove etc. Stir every couple of minutes. When the consistancy is creamy and thick-ish, add salt to taste. Serve.

Mix cinnamon and sugar, drizzle it over your porridge.

Add a knob of butter in the middle and let it melt in streams over the porridge. (It’s because I can’t stand the taste of warm butter I haven’t added it for the picture. I would’ve had to throw the porridge out and that would be a shame. This way I got to eat it after the picture was taken 😃)

Tip: add a knob of butter to the milk when you start to prevent burns in the pot. Also; use a pot with a thick bottom, then the milk doesn’t burn so easily.

The couch approach is like this:

Bring the rice and milk to a boil. Remove the pot from the stove and put it on a pot coaster that’s placed on a dish towel or similar. Wrap the dish towel around the pot. This is first line of defence if there should be any leakage (kids, pets etc). Next a blanket is wrapped around the pot. Then the thick blanket or a duvet is wrapped around the whole thing. The pot will stay insulated, the porridge will almost keep the same temperature and boil the rice just fine.

After an hour.. or two if you forget it like I sometimes do, take the pot to the stove and bring the porridge-to-be to a gentle boil. Stir and mix the rice and milk again, it’ll become porridge that only needs to thicken to your liking and season with salt, also to your liking. It should be silky and creamy. Drizzle cinnamon-sugar on top and add butter ad libitum if you like.

This is how people made it in the old days. The bed was used. Some of us still do it this way. I use the couch because doggo prefers my bed and her ego takes up all the space and accidents can happen. The couch is fine and I’ll continue to use this method, because it gives me the best result.

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