is a soft food
made by boiling oats
(normally crushed oats, occasionally oatmeal
) or another meal in water
. Some other meals used for porridge include wheat, peasemeal, barley, or cornmeal. In many cultures it is eaten as a breakfast
, often with the addition of sugar
. Some manufacturers of breakfast cereal
sell "ready-made" versions.
See also grits, mush, gruel. For the British TV comedy, see Porridge (TV).