How To Make Cream of Wheat Hot Cereal aka Mannaya Kasha

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One of the most popular hot breakfast porridges in the Slavic culture is mannaya kasha (Манная Каша), which is known as cream of wheat in English. This creamy cereal is a favorite with children but is enjoyed by many adults too.



1 cup liquid (milk and water – I use 1/2 milk, 1/2 water)

1 1/22 Tablespoons uncooked cream of wheat cereal or mannaya krupa

To Serve:

pat of butter

pinch of salt

sprinkling of sugar


Pour the milk and water into a saucepan or pot. Add the uncooked cream of wheat cereal or mannaya krupa, mixing to combine. 

Turn on the heat to medium high heat and bring it to a boil, whisking frequently, so keep lumps from forming. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 1-2 minutes, just until the cereal thickens. 

Add the butter, salt and sugar to taste and serve warm. 


Adding 1 1/2 Tablespoons of cereal to 1 cup milk+water will result in a porridge that is thinner in consistency – the way it is shown in all the pictures. Keep in mind that it will look a lot thinner when you just turn off the stove and will thicken up even more as the porridge stands, cools off a bit and has a chance to expand a bit. 

If you like a thicker porridge, add 2 Tablespoons of cereal per 1 cup of milk. 

  • For my 2 boys (2 and 4 year olds) I usually use 3-4 cups of milk + 4 1/2 Tablespoons of cereal, depending on how hungry they are that day. They do have pretty healthy appetites for their age. 

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