Original Kumla Recipe from Mom


Swedish-Norwegian potato dumplings. Serve with lots of butter and sour cream.

Prep Time:
1 hr
Cook Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
25 kumla


  • 1 (5 pound) unsmoked bone-in ham

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste (Optional)

  • 5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and shredded

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups stone ground whole wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste (Optional)

  • 3 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch square pieces

  • 1 pinch salt and black pepper to taste (Optional)


  1. Place the ham in a large soup pot (at least 10 quart size), and pour in 16 to 20 cups of water to cover. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer the ham to make a rich stock, about 2 hours. Remove the ham, and skim any foam off the broth. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste) to broth, if necessary.

  2. Place the potatoes in a large bowl, and use very wet hands to mix in the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt to make a sticky dough.

  3. Bring the ham stock to a full, rolling boil. Place a bowl of water near the stove. With very wet hands, pinch off about 2/3 cup of dough, and press a piece of bacon into the center of the dough. Roll the dough into a ball about 2 1/2 inches across, and slip the kumla into the boiling broth along the side of the pot. Don't drop them into the middle of the broth to avoid splashing the hot broth. Repeat with the remaining dough, using the bowl of water to keep your hands very wet, until all the dumplings have been added to the broth.

  4. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes, then use a slotted spoon or spatula to gently lift any stuck dumplings from the bottom of the pot. Cover the pot again, and simmer the dumplings for about 1 hour. They will float to the top of the broth as they cook.

  5. Gently lift the kumla from the broth with a slotted spoon, and stack them in a bowl for serving. Sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.

Cook's Notes

Taste the broth, and if necessary, add salt to taste. I have substituted concentrated ham seasoning broth in lieu of cooking a ham down, and it works fine.

If you let the potato batter set too long, you may have to add more flour to keep the consistency thick (salt extracts moisture from the potatoes).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
11g Fat
37g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 25
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 296mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 760mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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