Holiday cheer

As Christmas is just around the corner, we wanted to share some traditions from back home with the Youth Team. So yesterday we gathered and ate porridge with a hidden almond inside (watch the video to see who found it), smelled an advent calendar, played a gift game where we had to get the right card and dress up to have our turn at opening the present with knife and fork, and we all enjoyed Norwegian chocolate.  Christmas music was played the whole time and we were most happy to share a bit about our culture and traditions!

Now see the movie showing the good mood and cultural exchange and continue to read below to learn how to cook keer, a Nepali porridge very similar to the Norwegian porridge (risengrynsgraut) - that tastes even more of christmas than the Norwegian one as it contains nice christmasy spices.

Recipe (four people)


2.5 litre milk

0.5 kg rice

sugar (according to taste)

1 tsp cardamom

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tbsp dried coconut


  1. Boil 2 .5 litres of milk in a pot

  2. When boiling add about half kg of rice in it

  3. On a low flame of gas cook it and stir until it is softened and thickened

  4. At the end before you turn off the gas add sugar (per your taste), all the spices and some dry fruits such as coconut.

  5. As our friend Pratima who gave the recipe says “then it will be ready and have it with your friends”

Now we wish you all happy holidays, and let you know that we will take a small break as we take two weeks of vacation to celebrate Christmas with friends and family :)

Keer - porridge - graut

Susmita and Gauri