Put the water in the pan in which you want to cook the porridge. Add the spices and bay leaf. Put a lid on and simmer for 5 minutes. Now you can fish out the allspice berries and cloves with a slotted spoon if you don’t want them in the final porridge. Stir in the coconut milk and salt.
Add the porridge oats to the fragrant spiced liquid. Bring to the boil, then t