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Cornmeal Upma

 Published 2010-Oct-20   Updated 2021-Aug-16

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Cornmeal Kichadi, Cornmeal Baath, Desi Polenta)

Recipe For Cornmeal Upma

Serves : 2-3


  • Corn Meal - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1/2 (chopped)
  • Green Chillies - 2 (sliced/ chopped)
  • Mixed Vegetables (chopped) - 1 cup (You can use carrots, beans, peas, soy beans, potatoes, capsicum, corn etc)
  • Turmeric Powder - a pinch
  • Salt - to taste
  • Cilantro - handful
  • Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp
  • Water - 1.5 cup

For Tempering

  • Ghee/ Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring


  1. Heat the oil in a kadai. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  2. When the mustard seeds have all popped, add the chopped onions and green chillies.
  3. Saute till the onions have sweated out. The onions should hot turn brown.
  4. Add the mixed vegetables and saute for a minute. Put a lid for the kadai and let the vegetables cook in its own steam for 2-3 minutes. 
  5. Now add the water, lemon juice, turmeric powder and salt. Cover again and let the water boil.
  6. Now slowly mix in the cornmeal with constant stirring.
  7. Reduce the flame to low and cover with a lid. Let it cook undisturbed for 5-7 minutes till all the moisture is absorbed and the cornmeal is cooked.
  8. Now open the lid and add the cilantro. You can also add some chopped nuts to give a crunch.
  9. Gently fluff it up with a fork and switch off.
  10. Cover again with the lid and let it rest for 2 minutes before serving.


  • You can make a plain upma without adding any vegetables and serve with some sugar.
  • If you prefer this dish a little more gooey, add 2.5 - 3 cups of water.
  • You can convert this to cornmeal pongal by adding 1/2 cup moong dal and an additional 2 cups of water to the above recipe.
  • Another interesting variation would be cornmeal bath or cornmeal biryani. The recipe would be similar to Cracked wheat biryani.

Serving Suggestion

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Comment by raghu t
                really i getting good results from instructions
Reply :-
          Thank You. Do ask if you have any doubts.

                madam/sir,please corn meal ekkada dorukutundi cheppandi
Reply :-
            I'm not sure if cornmeal is available in india.

Comment by Mini Thomas
I just came to know your site as I was searching for kothu parotta recipe....looks fantastic!!!!!Great work...Keep it up.Cant wait to try the recipes.Shall get back to you.
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          Thank You so much.. Do try the recipes and give ur feedback.

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          You are welcome!

Comment by ORCHID kalyani
           Nice recipe. Never looked into the store for corn meal. You always chooses to post the healthy & variety items in your recipe blog.
Reply :-
          Thank You Kalyani. Try out the cornmeal. It suits very well to indian cooking.

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