Cornmeal Upma Recipe

Updated on April 29, 2018
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Cooking is one of my passions. Though I am working, I make nutritious and tasty food at home. I use minimal oil and no artificial colors.

Cornmeal Upma

Upma Made With Milk

Cornmeal is high in fiber content and protein. It is a rich source of carbohydrates, carotenoids, and essential minerals. Also, it is low in fat and calories.

Cornmeal has a unique, appetizing aroma. It cooks fast. It combines very well with milk. This upma is made mainly with milk, vegetables, lemon, and salt.

Serve this delicious upma for breakfast or after school food.

I share here a detailed recipe below.

5 stars for Cornmeal Upma

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 2 small cups cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp onions, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mixed vegetables, optional, I used carrots and capsicum, cubed
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 3 green chilies, slit and chopped in long pieces
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 tsp oil, I used 1 tsp ghee and 2 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sugar, to balance the taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Cornmeal Upma

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a deep-bottomed pan, preferably a non-stick pan.
  2. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add curry leaves. Saute for 5 seconds.
  3. Add cornmeal. Saute over low heat for about 6 minutes. Turn off the heat. Transfer it to a plate.
  4. In the same pan, add remaining oil. Throw in chopped onions and green chilies. Saute until onions are golden brown.
  5. Add chopped veggies, except tomatoes. Add some salt. Saute over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add tomatoes. Continue sauteing for further two minutes.
  7. Throw in grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves. Add milk. Throw in turmeric powder. Let the mixture come to a gentle boil.
  8. Add cornmeal. Stir-cook continuously until the mixture becomes thick and cornmeal gets cooked. If needed, add some water to keep it moist.
  9. Add remaining salt, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix well. Turn off the heat.
  10. Your favorite cornmeal upma is ready! Serve it hot as is or top it with some fried tidbits. Enjoy the taste.

Step one: Heat two teaspoons oil in a pan. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add curry leaves. Saute for 5 seconds.
Step one: Heat two teaspoons oil in a pan. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add curry leaves. Saute for 5 seconds.
Step two: Add cornmeal. Saute over low heat for about 6 minutes. Transfer it to a plate.
Step two: Add cornmeal. Saute over low heat for about 6 minutes. Transfer it to a plate.
sauteed cornmeal
sauteed cornmeal
Step three: Add remaining oil to the pan. Saute onions and green chilies.
Step three: Add remaining oil to the pan. Saute onions and green chilies.
Step four: Add chopped veggies, except tomatoes. Add some salt. Saute until veggies become tender.
Step four: Add chopped veggies, except tomatoes. Add some salt. Saute until veggies become tender.
Step five: Add chopped tomatoes. Continue sauteing for two more minutes. Add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves.
Step five: Add chopped tomatoes. Continue sauteing for two more minutes. Add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves.
Step six: Add milk. Let the mixture come to a gentle boil. Add turmeric powder.
Step six: Add milk. Let the mixture come to a gentle boil. Add turmeric powder.
Step seven: Add cornmeal. Stir-cook continuously, until the mixture becomes thick and gets cooked. Add water, if needed.
Step seven: Add cornmeal. Stir-cook continuously, until the mixture becomes thick and gets cooked. Add water, if needed.
Step eight: Add remaining salt, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix well. Turn off the heat.
Step eight: Add remaining salt, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix well. Turn off the heat.
Your favorite cornmeal upma is ready! serve it hot as is or top it with some fried tidbits. Enjoy the taste!
Your favorite cornmeal upma is ready! serve it hot as is or top it with some fried tidbits. Enjoy the taste!

Nutritional Information of Cornmeal Upma

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 180
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 38 g13%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 28 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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