I·ATE: Grießbrei or semolina pudding, a delicious dessert

February 25, 2017 10:00 am

You are yearning for a delicious dessert that is extremely easy to prepare? Check out the I·ATE’s proposal for today!

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Semolina pudding or semolina porridge (English) is made from semolina which is cooked with milk or water and is quite similar to pudding. After being cooked, it can be served warm or cold. Being a kid-oriented dish in many countries, it will bring you back to your childhood! 😉 Variety of toppings can be used depending on a country.

In Austria, Grießbrei is usually served with a square of chocolate or chocolate powder. The same dish known as griz or gris, which comes from a German word Grieß, is widespread in Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Serbia. Krupičná kaše in the Czech Republic and krupicová kaša in Slovakia are served warm with cocoa, but other variations such as honey, cinnamon or Tuzemák (Czech rum) are also used.

Furthermore, in Bulgaria griș cu lapte and terci de grișul in Romania are often served with added raisins, candied fruit or jam as breakfast. In Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia this dessert in known as mannaya kasha as well as in Poland as kasza manna and is commonly eaten for breakfast as a porridge. It is served hot with butter or jam. The picture below shows traditional Ukranian and Russian mannaya kasha.

Semolina_mannaya kasha

In Baltic and Scandinavian countries a semolina pudding, mixed with berries, is particularly popular during the summer time. If you want to taste this delicious treat order klappgröt (in Sweden), vispipuuro (in Finland), mannavaht (in Estonia) or uzpūtenis (in Latvia). If you travel to Sweden don’t miss out on their amazing version of this dessert which is named mannagrynsgröt which is another version of their klappgröt. The picture below shows traditional Swedish mannagrynsgröt.


A slightly different type of this dessert, a non-fluid one, is possible to make with only four simple ingredients: semolina, oil or butter, sugar and water, which results in delicious taste. It is called χαλβάς (halvas) in Greece and Cyprus, helva in Turkey, halva in Bulgaria and Iran as well as chałwa in Poland. You can find it even in Pakistan and India! Halwaua e Aurd Sujee is a sweet dish made from semolina, popular in North-West India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dried fruits such as dates, raisins, or nuts are often added to this tasty speciality to enrich the flavour. The picture below shows traditional Indian Halwaua e Aurd Sujee.

Semolina in India

How about your country? How do you eat it? What kind of topping do you use? Take some time and let us know!

Ivana FilipcicIvana Filipčić, study visitor at TermCoord. Ivana holds a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Working with children for three years she has been fascinated by the language acquisition, especially in bilinguals with different cultural backgrounds. Being highly motivated to learn more about the multilingual language and communication development she is now doing a Master Degree in Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts at the University of Luxembourg. Her professional interest professional interest lies in the bi/multilingualism, as well as communication and language development in children with language and/or social communication difficulties.




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