Dominican-Style Farina - Cream of Wheat Recipe

Dominican-Style Farina - Cream of Wheat Recipe: Known as "Harina del Negrito" in the DR, this is a popular breakfast dish with kids and even adults.
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine American, Dominican
Keyword cream of wheat in spanish, cream of wheat recipe, creamy wheat recipe, farina recipe, sweet cream of wheat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 361kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 1/2 cup of farina (cream of wheat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 stick of cinnamon
  • A pinch of clove powder
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • A pinch of freshly-grated nutmeg


  • In a medium-sized saucepan mix 2 cups of water, milk, cream of wheat, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, clove powder, and sugar.
  • Let it rest for 5 minutes.

How to cook farina

  • Heat over medium heat stirring constantly to prevent it from sticking to the pot.
  • When it breaks the boil, add butter and lower heat to very low. Simmer stirring until it reaches the desired consistency, taking into consideration it will get much thicker when it cools down. I suggest a thick but still liquid consistency.
  • Serve warm and sprinkle with the nutmeg.



Why is my farina too thick / thin?

As consistency is a matter of taste, I suggest you do not let get as thick as you want it to be in the end, take into consideration that it always gets thicker as it cools down. You can also mix in a bit of extra milk at the end if it did get too thick.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 314IU | Calcium: 445mg | Iron: 14mg