I think it sounds a bit strange. Can one say "I need to make some rice" or "I'm making noodles tonight"? The verb "cook" seems more appropriate here, but I don't know whether "make" is correct or not... Help, native speakers!
Make and cook are virtually synonymous in this context. Making porridge, noodles, and rice all sound fine to me. At most you might choose one for clarity or emphasis, for example a person who frequently cooks from scratch would probably distinguish between cooking and making pasta. For them, cooking pasta implies boiling, seasoning, adding vegetables and whatever, while making means preparing and cutting the dough. But that's incredibly specific and you would figure it out based on the context. tl;dr: Cook = make.
Where I'm from you would not say "cook cereal." Cereal is almost excusively used to refer to cold breakfast foods served with milk or to a class of grains.
Also: porridge, which usually consists of oatmeal and trimmings, is referred to simply as "oatmeal" in much (if not all) of the US, and this should be accepted.
Mmm, not every porridge is made of oats.
My opinion is that... this is a very confusing word, they shouldn't add local foods and untranslatable words like that to the tree because this course is for everyone, not only for people who live in Ukraine and already know all these things. If we want to share facts about our culture, it can be done in a forum post. Relatable, more common foods should be used as teaching examples.
But... I'm not in control of this :) I cannot remove sentences and add new vocab :) (as far as I know)
But! I can add tips and notes :D
For now we'll translate it as "kasha" and "porridge", and occasionally "cereal", but here are some photos of what kasha is...