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porridge n : soft food made by boiling oatmeal or other meal or legumes in water or milk until thick

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  • a RP /ˈpɒrɪdʒ/


  1. A hot breakfast cereal dish made from oatmeal, milk and, or water heated and stirred until thick; eaten with a little salt in Scotland, or a little sugar or honey in England.
    Eat your porridge while it's hot!
  2. (British slang) A prison sentence
    Just do your porridge and keep your head down.


breakfast cereal dish

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Extensive Definition

Porridge, or porage, is a simple dish made by boiling oats (normally crushed oats, occasionally oatmeal) or another cereal in water, milk, or both. Dishes made from cornmeal to which boiling water is added may also be described as "porridge," though these are more often described by regional/national variant names, such as polenta and grits, these are prepared and served according to special regional traditions. Oat and semolina porridge are the most popular varieties in many countries, other cereals used for porridge include rice, wheat, barley, and cornmeal. Legumes such as peasemeal can also be used to make porridge. Gruel is similar to porridge but is much more like a drink; it has a very thin consistency and is made with water.
In many cultures, porridge is eaten as a breakfast dish, often with the addition of salt, sugar, milk or cream. As the traditional breakfast of Scotland (where it is also spelled porage) it is made with salt. Some manufacturers of breakfast cereal sell "ready-made" versions; aficionados question whether these can truly be called porridge. In parts of Asia, porridge is made for horses and donkeys. Porridge is one of the easiest ways to digest grains or legumes, and is used traditionally in many cultures as a food to nurse the sick back to health.
In Scotland, the art of porridge-making is competitive, with the World Porridge Making Championships held annually in Carrbridge, Inverness-shire. The event is also known as the Golden Spurtle due to the winner receiving a gold-coloured trophy of a spurtle, which is a utensil used for stirring porridge. The contest is held in October each year.


See also

  • kasha (Russian word for porridge; an important part of Russian cuisine)
  • krentjebrij - a traditional Dutch porridge-like dessert
  • Dalia, North Indian Breakfast item, primarily made of crushed (dulit) wheat grain boiled with water and preferably milk, considered easily digestible, nursing.
  • Gofio made from roasted sweetcorn and other grains (e.g wheat, barley or oat). Gofio is still an important ingredient in Canary Islander cooking, and Canary Islander emigrants have spread its use to the Caribbean and all of Latin America. Gofio can be added to soups, stews, desserts, ice cream, sauces, and more.
  • mush
  • "Pease Porridge Hot," a children's nursery rhyme
  • The Three Bears, a children's story featuring porridge (also Goldilocks and the Three Bears)
  • Ready Brek - a popular British brand of instant shredded oat cereal
  • Instant Quaker Oatmeal


porridge in Cebuano: Bouillie
porridge in Danish: Grød
porridge in German: Porridge
porridge in Spanish: Porridge
porridge in French: Bouillie
porridge in Indonesian: Bubur
porridge in Hebrew: דייסה
porridge in Dutch: Pap (voedsel)
porridge in Norwegian Nynorsk: Graut
porridge in Polish: Owsianka (potrawa)
porridge in Portuguese: Mingau
porridge in Russian: Каша
porridge in Finnish: Puuro
porridge in Swedish: Gröt
porridge in Turkish: Yulaf lapası
porridge in Contenese: 餬

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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