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A tergoule cooked in its traditional terrine
Alternative name(s) Teurt-goule, torgoule, bourre-guele, terrinée
Place of origin France
Region or state Normandy
Type Rice pudding
Main ingredient(s) Rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon

Teurgoule is a rice pudding that is a speciality of Normandy. Traditionally it was popular at village festivals in Lower Normandy, and today remains a family dish.[1] It consists of rice cooked in milk, sweetened with sugar, and is flavoured with cinnamon and sometimes nutmeg. It is baked in an earthenware terrine for several hours. Long cooking creates a thick, brown caramelised crust over the teurgoule.

The name comes from the Norman language and means twist mouth, a reference to the faces supposedly pulled by someone tasting it due to the spiciness of the dish.

Teurgoule even has a brotherhood Confrérie des gastronomes de Teurgoule et de Fallue de Normandie[1] PDF (646 KB) which is based in Houlgate and presides over the annual Teurgoule cooking competition.[2] The presiding members wear the brotherhood's ceremonial robe which is green and orange with a cape. The brotherhood keeps the official recipe.

Alternative names for teurgoule include teurt-goule, torgoule, bourre-guele and terrinée.[3]


  1. Austin de Croze, Les Plats Régionaux de France (1928)
  2. http://www.ouest-france.fr/actu/actuLocale_-La-confrerie-de-la-teurgoule-distribue-ses-prix-dimanche-_14338-avd-20121124-64062887_actuLocale.Htm (2012) accessed 26/11/12.
  3. Larousse Gastronomique (2001)