Norwegian Potato Lefse ~ N for Norway

>>  Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When it was the turn of N, I naturally had to make Lefse, the Norwegian Potato Flatbread. The writer talks about something that's very close to my heart as well. Love for flatbread. She says while some collect so many other things, she collects recipes for flatbread. Infact I do that as well.

I badly wanted to do breads/flatbreads from different countries. Unfortunately so many things came up that prevented me from doing it. So it was only naturally I decide to do this for Norway. I first remembered this recipe when I remembered Mir making it for one of the BM. Infact before starting my list, I had raid Mir's beautiful Recipe collection. Her list is so huge, I am sure majority of the different recipes country wise is listed on her blog.

I checked on her recipe and then did a search. I landed in this post and I got hooked reading the post. This reminded me of my own love for all breads, especially the flat-breads. So when I could easily make one, I didn't want to miss out the chance.

Lefse is the Norwegian version of flatbread made with potatoes. It is one of those indigenous dishes that come out, making a new dish of something leftover. Like the leftover mashed potatoes, taking a newer and lovelier form. The mashed potatoes are then mixed with flour, cream, rolled out as discs and cooked as our rotis or flour tortilla. These are cooked over stovetop, so it's much like what we do. 

The way it is served also makes it very interesting. Sweet butter is spread on cooked lefse, with cinnamon and sugar  sprinkled on top, rolled and eaten. makes a great evening snack! so your options of spreads are so many. You can use Jam, Nutella, Peanut Butter or cream cheese. I guess this sounds more like the poli we make, with the sweet version.

Anyway the day I made this, I was really so exhausted and boys wouldn't sleep. I had told Konda we will be doing N next. She was going on asking me when we will make. She finally got the boys to sleep and we literally had a midnight snack on this. You can see that by the pictures that I ended up clicking. It was like being brain dead and absolutely no thoughts coming up to plate it differently. 

I spread mixed fruit Jam for Konda and tasted it. It was so delicious. After clicking and polishing the plate, I was telling her that a picture with jam spread on the Lefse would have been so good. She wanted to make some more, I said it's for another day.  For now, let's enjoy as how it is.

Norwegian Potato Lefse

Country - N for Norway
Category - Breads, Kid Friendly
Preparation time - 5 mins
Kneading time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - 3 -4 mins on sim
Resting time - 2 hrs

Ingredients Needed:

Potatoes - 1 cup
All purpose flour - 1 - 1 & 1/2 cup (depending on how loose your potatoes are)
Butter - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Cream - 2 tbsp

For Serving Jam or Sweet Butter

How to make Norwegian Potato Lefse

Mark the potatoes and MW for 6 - 7 mins depending on the potatoes. Soak in water and peel skin. Mash well, add butter, cream and salt. Mix everything well. This can be stored in fridge for 2 hrs or up to three days.

Once ready to make, take the potato mix, add flour and start kneading till you get a soft dough. You should be able to roll it out. 

Dust the board with flour and using a rolling pin, roll out into discs. 

Heat a tawa, grease with butter, flip the rolled lefse and cook on both sides.

Remove and store in a towel to keep it warm. Serve it right away, spread with toppings of your choice. 


I read that one can store the prepared lefse with wax paper between the layers. Warm and serve. 

This makes a great snack for kids.

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Suma Gandlur September 16, 2014 at 12:30 AM  

My daughter hates stuffed parathas and usually I hide the veggies in the dough. This sounds like that and I guess lefse have turned out super soft. And the choice of toppings are all yummy.

Priya Suresh September 16, 2014 at 1:01 AM  

The most famous Norvegian potato bread, they came out simply prefect Valli.

Varadas Kitchen September 16, 2014 at 1:04 AM  

It is like a sweet version of our aloo paratha. Must try it. BTW I have enjoyed reading all the fun stuff you do with Kinda.

Usha September 16, 2014 at 6:35 AM  

Lefse looks just like roti. If one doesn't read the recipe, they could easily mistake them for regular roti.

The Pumpkin Farm September 16, 2014 at 9:05 AM  

yours looks so fresh and inviting like the aloo parathas one longs for after hard workign day..this is a nice recipe and well done

Manjula Bharath September 16, 2014 at 9:29 AM  

Norvegian potato bread is super delicious and super soft too :) make me drool here , wonderful recipe choice valli :) ha ha your daughter more excited and eager than you about mega Bm I guess :) keep up the good work you both !!

vaishali sabnani September 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM  

Seems like a version of aloo paratha..just that this is kneaded instead of stuffing...salty with sweet is not my kinds but I guess if salt is omitted and little powdered sugar or no sugar is added then Nutella or jam would be just wonderful for a person like me.

Archana Potdar September 16, 2014 at 9:49 PM  

I at first thought I am seeing things and this is aloo paratha. But the method is awesome. Will love to try it.

Pavani N September 17, 2014 at 7:34 AM  

Wow, what an interesting and yummy sounding flat bread. It looks so much like our aloo paratha. Sweet butter or jam on the top sounds amazing.

Harini-Jaya R September 18, 2014 at 7:52 AM  

For a minute I thought you have posted this by mistake :) It is definitely a small world Valli. Our food crosses borders!!

Kalyani September 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM  

u surely love ur breads Valli :-) another interesting one from ur blog ! bookmarking...

Chef Mireille October 6, 2014 at 6:46 AM  

I made this two marathons ago and it was so good - yours looks perfect

Gayathri Kumar October 8, 2014 at 6:53 AM  

These potato flat breads look so nice. I am thinking of so many savoury variations as i am reading through your post..

Foodiliciousnan October 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM  

You're right...this is like our alu roti. but the serving style with sugar and cinnamon or other sweet combinations on top make it different. I can imagine how fun it would have been munching on these late at night with your daughter!

Priya Srinivasan October 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM  

lefse with jam sounds tempting! perfect snack for kids!

Padmajha PJ October 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM  

Enjoyed reading your post Srivalli. I am waiting for my EO to grow up a bit so that I can share the food adventures with her.
And the Roti has come out so well and I am sure my kids will love this with nutella and am sure it will be a delicious snack

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