This amazing Finnish recipe is one of my favourites during wintertime. It is such a simple yet complex dish, with so many flavours in it – I can’t get enough of it.


  • 1 cabbage (I used the pointed white cabbage from the box) cut into bigger squares
  • 250g rice (stickier, or porridge rice preferred)
  • 300g minced meat
  • 1 onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 150 ml dark beer
  • 2 tbsp. dark syrup (agave syrup or molasses works too)
  • lingonberry jam or sour cream to serve

Fry the cabbage on a bit of oil. Salt it. Once it becomes soft, stop frying and put it aside.
In another pan, fry the onions on oil. When it becomes translucent, add the minced meat and add salt and pepper. Fry it until the meat changes colour and it’s not raw anymore.
Cook the rice based on the instruction on the box.
In a big bowl, mix the cooked rice, the minced meat and the cabbage. Pour it in a deeper baking tray.
Mix the beer and the agave syrup and pour it over the mixture.
Bake it in a preheated oven for 30 minutes, until it gets a lovely colour.
You can eat it with lingonberry jam or lingonberries, and you can also add sour cream. It is good both ways.

By Published On: January 22nd, 2021Categories: We cook