The Challenge

Norwegian & Vegan: Komler

Komler is quite a short name for this Norwegian dish. But nevertheless it´s  one of the most traditional dishes you can find in Norway and the best – it´s (mostly) vegan by itself. So nothing to veganise here.

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My Norwegian couchsurfer Erle wrote me a message saying that she heard about my challenge and wanted to participate as the Norwegian part. Actually she did a lot of research to find the perfect dish for my challenge. The essential advice came from another vegan, norwegian couchsurfer who suggested to make Komler.

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Those Norwegian potato dumplings have several names I learned. You can call them Raspeball, raspekake, potetball, klubb, kompe or komle. Originally you make them with barley flour but that´s almost impossible to get in Germany. We took spelt flour instead which turned out pretty well.


  • 750 g raw potatoes
  • 250 g cooked potatoes, cold
  • 150 g barley flour or spilt flour
  • 50 g wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • optional: vegetable stock

Peel and grate raw potatoes. Mash cooked poatoes and add them to the grated raw potatoes. Add salt and pepper.

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Add flour. You should have a nice sticky dough.

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Bring 1 l water or vegetable stock to a boil.

With your hands and the help of a spoon mound the potato dough into small balls and put them into the water/stock (with the spoon).

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Let them cook for about 25 minutes depending on the size. When they come up they are nearly done.

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A tradiotional side dish to Komler are cooked carrots and turnips.

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God appetitt!

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2 Gedanken zu „Norwegian & Vegan: Komler

  1. First of all, I love the idea of your blog! I accidentally stumbled upon it a few weeks ago and have been a fan ever since 🙂
    What I wanted to ask you though is what kind of dip you had on the side of that dish?
    Keep up the good work,
    Greetings from Vienna,

    1. Hi Jen, thanks a lot! That´s always good to know! 🙂
      Actually the dip is pretty easy to make. The base is soy joghurt. You add some sea salt and one garlic clove (the juice). That´s all! It´s a nice way to top off a lot of dishes! 😉
      Have a nice week!

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