Tasty Cornmeal Porridge

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Tasty Cornmeal Porridge

Cornmeal porridge is my favourite porridge.  Some call it grits, others polenta or mush or I call it cornmeal porridge. Here is the basic version which can be dressed up however you please.

Cornmeal Porridge Recipe


1/2 cup cornmeal
A pinch of Himalayan salt
2 cups water


1.    Place cornmeal, water and salt in a small, heavy saucepan.
2.    Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat right down and cook gently for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring very frequently with a long-handled spoon or wire whisk to prevent lumps forming.
3.    Be careful as it can be spitting back at you and it is very hot!
4.    Add more hot water from the kettle if the mixture becomes thick and dry. The best consistency is the one you prefer. That said when first making it look for a texture that is soft and thick.
5.    Allow the porridge to cool a little before eating; it holds the heat very well.

Now that you have the basic cornmeal porridge, there are so many variations of it.
•    A very simple thing to do is at the beginning of cooking; add a handful of sultanas/raisins or any dried fruit.
•    For a filling, porridge add nuts or seeds or coconut – or all of them for a real fun luxurious porridge.
•    You can even add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom which is very yummy.
•    Serve with ghee or coconut oil (which is my favourite) or flax oil (which is a healthy way of getting those omega oils).
•    Another favourite of mine is to serve it with Tahini Cream Sauce

I often eat my cornmeal porridge with vegetables and tahini sauce for lunch.


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By | 2017-10-29T15:41:45+00:00 February 23rd, 2012|Breakfast, Gluten Free, Grains, Recipes|3 Comments

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  1. Donna Sherwood March 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Hi Diana:

    What is Tahini cream? My life-style is changing for the better (actually) since I have discovered I am a Type 2 diabetic, as well as hypertensive on top of that. Skeletons from the family closet are popping-up. : )

    Because I need to have more vegetables and fruits in my diet, can you recommend a recipe book with yummy recipes? I know that I will never be a total vegan , but I am pretty close as it is. I love fruits and veggies; meat is eaten but only a little.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.


    Donna Sherwood

  2. Diana Herrington April 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Donna, Tahini cream is made from a sesame paste. We will post the recipe next week so look out for it. Do you use stevia? That is very helpful for diabetics. http://realfoodforlife.com/stevia
    There are lots of healthy veg & fruit recipes here. http://realfoodforlife.com/category/recipes You can always search for something specific here and if you cannot find it then let me know; I will look through my recipe files.

  3. MED May 3, 2016 at 1:15 am

    I though cornmeal made blood sugar higher. The Internet is so misleading. Help please

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