BM #89 Week 3 Day 2 - 

After the Buckwheat Khichdi, here is a simple idea for a meal. I typically make this for breakfast when the regular Upma gets a little monotonous. 

Sometimes I make it like a pulao with all spices and Garam masala or add sambar powder for a variation. My favorite is adding leftover sambar to the cornmeal. So the variations are left to your imagination.

Ingredients - 

Cornmeal / Corn Rava / Corn Sooji 3/4 cup
Carrots and Peas 1/4 cup
Ginger-Garlic-Green Chili Paste 1/4 tsp or as needed
Salt and Turmeric as needed
Almonds coarsely crushed 1 Tbsp
Garam Masala and Lemon Juice as needed
Seasoning (Oil 1 tsp, Chana Dal 1/2 tsp, Urad Dal 1/2 tsp, Cumin seeds a pinch, Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp, Asafotida a pinch, Curry leaves few)

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated kadai/wok, add oil and add the seasoning. After the mustard seeds pop. Add ginger-garlic-green chili paste.

Add the chopped vegetables and saute for a couple minutes. Add about 1 1/2 cups of water and let it come to a rolling boil.

Add the corn meal and mix well. Sprinkle salt and cover.

Reduce the heat and let the corn meal cook. Remove the lid after 10 minutes, mix it well and remove from heat.

Serve hot with any pickle/chutney of your choice.


Preparation Time 15-20 minutes
Serves 2-3
Posted by Harini R on Monday, June 18, 2018


  1. Never tried upma with corn meal,sounds interesting.

  2. Srivalli Says:
  3. Very interesting Harini. We love upma, atleast the elders in the family and I have mostly done with semolina. Must surely try with these cornmeal. I am also surprised to read about sambar being added, must say that's quite so innovative!

  4. Revati Says:
  5. Looks yummy but the Quantity of water is not mentioned in your recipe..

  6. Corn meal is new to me for a upma , it’s a very interesting recipe , and such a wonderful variation . Let’s see what you have to offer for the third day !

  7. Cornmeal upma with addition of sambar is a unique idea. What is corn meal rava? Is it maize flour or something different?

  8. I have never heard of making upma with corn, sounds super easy and healthy too.

  9. Mayuri Patel Says:
  10. Wow Harini, this is one recipe with corn meal that I love. Corn meal or ugali is a staple here and adding vegetables is fast becoming popular.

  11. what a unique way to cook cornmeal - a lovely lunch for sure

  12. I used to make this upma frequently last year but have quit it for now. You are tempting me to try it again. The upma looks so yum Harini..

  13. CookwithRenu Says:
  14. A different way to cook cornmeal, bookmarking this as it looks super delicious and cornmeal does not gets cooked easily at my place.

  15. I have never had luck cooking anything properly with corn meal. This sounds like a great choice and something we all would love. Definitely making this soon!

  16. Sowmya :) Says:
  17. It is a nice variation to Upma to add corn rava....looks delicious!!

  18. preeti garg Says:
  19. UPma is so light and healthy meal for breakfast specially.

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