Thursday, June 20, 2013

Corn Meal Upma

          I have been seeing these corn meal packets for some time now, but bought it only a couple of months back. Though I have so many things, in my mind, to try out with it, this upma is the only dish that I have made with it till date. It is a change from the regular upma with semolina/ sooji/ cream of wheat, makes for a tasty breakfast or dinner. We had it with coconut-onion chutney, which went very well with it..

Need To Have

  • Corn Meal - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 medium, chopped
  • Garlic - 5 cloves, chopped
  • Fresh Or Frozen Green Peas - 1/2 cup
  • Tomato - 1 medium, chopped
  • Green Chillies - 2 sliced
  • Curry Leaves - 10
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt - to taste


          Heat some oil in a pressure pan, add the mustard seeds, when it starts spluttering, add the onions, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves and saute till the garlic turns golden.

          Add the corn meal and keep mixing for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and green peas and keep sauteing for 2 to 3 minutes.

          Now add about 3 cups of water and salt, close the pressure pan with its lid and put on the weight. Cook for one whistle and then reduce the heat to the lowest, cook for 5 minutes and switch off. Once the pressure is fully released, remove and serve with any chutney or pickle.

You can do the whole cooking in a regular vessel, might require a little more water and take a bit longer to cook, you have to keep checking for the water level and that it doesn't start sticking to the pan.
If your using an electric coil stove, switch off after the first whistle, the heat in the coil is more than enough.
You can add other vegetables like french beans, carrots or potatoes and also some roasted cashews for extra richness.
If the corn meal used is very fine, then it'll require less water and also get cooked faster, but I prefer the slightly coarse variety, gives a nice texture to the upma.
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  1. never used this corn meal. but now next time I'll pick it up... thanks for the recipe and one for breakfast idea
    Noel Collections

  2. This is so healthy, filling and delicious!

  3. Catchy upma! I got some corn meal, but it almost looks like white rava..shall try this one soon! Thanks for the stepwise pictures Hema!

  4. Love to start my day with this beautiful dish, filling breakfast.

  5. Look so yummy and is fillng too

  6. so delicious and inviting...

  7. love such healthy millets for my brekfast..yumm

  8. Upma looks very healthy and tasty.

  9. Healthy and tasty upma.. Inviting clicks Hema :-)

  10. easy & delicious breakfast recipe..loved this corn meal upma..looks inviting !

  11. very healthy and interesting upma ! wonderful shots !

  12. I am not sure whether we get them (corn meal) in India. Looks delicious.

  13. I have tried several attempts to include these corn grits in our meals but it never worked out. Yesterday I came across your recipe and tried it today. It was delicious.. First time ever my hubby liked it and asked for more :) Thank you so much for your wonderful recipe :)