Corn meal upma (gluten free)

Cornmeal Upma


Upma is traditional south indian breakfast dish made from semolina (Rava)….It granular texture melts in mouth when this diesh is served hot.

Looking at the texture of cornmeal thought why not try upma; Outcome was surprising and could say tastewise it was same as Semolina but corn meal has healthy carbs, fiber and other nutrients.

Corn meal is gluten free making it a good whole grain choice for people with wheat allergies. It can be substituted for wheat in some baking items.

So try this variant upma as part of your breakfast or as an evening snack.

Serves: 3
Preparation time: 10mins
Cooking time: 25-30mins


  • Cornmeal-1 1/2cup
  • Finely chopped onion-1num
  • Finely chopped capsicum-1num
  • Finely chopped carrot-1num
  • Finely chopped French beans-1/2cup
  • Frozen peas-1/2cup
  • Finely chopped chillie-4
  • Oil-1tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Curry leaves-8-10
  • Salt- as per taste
  • Chopped coriander- a handful
  • Lemon juice-2tbsp


  • Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds and curry leaves as it splutters add onions and green chillies fry for 2-3minutes.
  • Add all the vegetables except capsicum –carrot, beans, peas saute cove the lid and cook until all the vegetables are done (approx. 8-10minutes)
  • Mean while boil 3-4cups of water in a pan and set aside
  • Now add capsicum, salt, lemon juice and give it a stir.
  • Now add cornmeal and keep stirring while you add ( it may form lumps) and saute 2-3minutes.
  • Add water to this and mix and cook until the mixture thickens and cornmeal is cooked.
  • Add chopped coriander and give it a toss.

Serve hot with Yogurt (Optional)


Using vegetables are optional, can just use onions and make this as a variation.


About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on June 25, 2014, in Breakfast, Indian, Main dish and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I like the look of this. Will definitely give it a go.


  2. Cornmeal upma !! Chitra u rick big time


  3. I am intrigued! This looks good!


  4. Congratulations showered me with praises and felt blessed…it means everything to me…thanks again


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