Corn Meal Kichadi

This kichadi made with corn meal can be served with any chutney

Corn Meal Kichadi

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: BreakfastCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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This kichadi made with corn meal can be served with any chutney


  • Corn Meal – 1 cup

  • Onion (Medium size) – 1/2

  • Green chillies – 2

  • Carrot -1

  • Tomato – 1

  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

  • Curry Leaves – few

  • Oil – 2 tablespoons

  • Mustard – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Aniseeds – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Cinnamon stick – 1 small piece

  • Cloves – 2

  • Bay Leaf – a small piece

  • Whole cardamom – 1

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste

  • Water – 3 cups


  • In a kadai put a teaspoon of oil and fry the corn meal for one or two minutes. Remove and keep aside.
  • Chop onion lengthwise. Cut the carrot into small cubes. Cut tomato into medium size pieces. Slit green chillies into two lengthwise.
  • In a kadai put the oil and when it is hot add mustard. When it pops up, add aniseeds, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, bay leaves and sauté for a second.
  • Then add chopped onion, green chillies, curry leaves along with ginger-garlic paste. (I used a small piece of fresh ginger and three small garlic flakes chopped finely). Fry for few seconds and add carrot pieces and further fry it for few more seconds.
  • Then add tomato pieces and just give a stir and add three cups of water along with salt. Close with a lid and bring to boil.
  • When it starts boiling, add the fried corn meal and stir well. Close with a lid and cook on medium flame for few minutes or till it absorbs all the water and cooked soft.
  • Remove the lid and stir for few seconds on low flame and remove.


  • You can also add more vegetables like green peas, french beans, cauliflower, potato, etc.


  1. Being a fan of your site, it’s a pleasure to see new recipes. your dishes are very innovative, intresting, and healthy Thank you

  2. Anuradha R

    Hello Madam, tried many of your recipes and kolams and they came out well. Can we also have something like weekly menu plan?

    • Thank you Anuradha for your kind comments. Regarding weekly menu – it depends upon one’s choice, for how many people we have to cook and time available for cooking etc. Normally, if you make Sambar and poriyal one day, next day you can make “Poricha Kuzhambu” and spicy fry. Next day Rasam and Kootu – then Morkuzhambu and Usili etc. It also depends upon the season like summer, winter, rainy season etc. Menu should be flexible and we cannot fix menu plan as caterers.

  3. I tried this recipe twice. Both the times it came out well. Thanks for this nutritious recipe!

  4. which stores i have to search to buy cornmeal in chennai?

  5. What is cornmeal?Can we make it at home or else we need to buy in stores?May I know the tamil name of it?

    • Hi Suganya,

      It is available in the grocery stores. It is called Corn Rawa (Chola rawa). Actually it is sold as “Corn Meal”. You can check the packet and you will find tiny yellow colour rava. If you cannot get it near your place, you can grind the dried yellow corn pearls coarsely and use it.

  6. it was too good when tried maida dosai and kovakkai rice. I want to try all ur recipes as i love to prepare different types of food and to feed my husband and my kids.

  7. shanthi arumugam

    dear mam

    I like ur kolams and recipes very much. can you please provide kolams for beginners that is very simple to colouring. (5 to 10 dots – flower) and simple rangoli for beginners.

  8. HI Kamala,

    I wanted to try this receipe and not able to find corn meal anywhere i even tried in Reliance fresh. Can you help in where i can find this

  9. i bought the corn meal last week.but i dont know what to do.thanks i got a yummy recepie

  10. Padma Tekumalla

    Hi,Kamala I found your recipes interesting and easy to follow.Looking forward to more recipes to try out.Padma

  11. Mam, i never knew corn flour can also be used, kichadi came out awesome and tasty.
    is corn meal is different from corn flour, just want to know. even if different it is tasty

    • Hi Muthu,

      Yes. Corn flour and corn meal are different. Corn flour is the fine white flour which we use in gravies/soups and as a binding agent in frying items. Corn rawa is sold as Corn Meal used in bread making and other dishes.

  12. Hi. This is first time im looking at your website. Its really interesting and all your recepi are new recepi.
    Thank you for sharing all new recepi

  13. Hello ma’am

    Very interesting to see ur site, excellent recipes. tnx for posting. will the recipes get deleted or t

  14. Hi Kamala,
    I made Upma using corn meal, same reciepie as for rava upma. it turned out very well.

  15. Hello,
    I tried the corn meal kichidi today. It came out well but only thing is it was more like poritge not like upma. I used the same water measurement which you have posted. And what side dish can we have for this?

    • Hi Viji,

      If you cook the upma stirring continuously till it become thick, it will come like upma. If the quality of the corn meal you used is in smaller size, then you can reduce the water quantity. Coconut chutney go well with this upma.

  16. Namaskaram,

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Since My MIL is a diabetic, its a challenge fr me everyday to make tasty as well as healthy diet. And this kichidi became a instant hit..I didnt add the aniseed, since we are not into too much masala stuff. Yet to try corn adai and idli.


  17. Hi Kamala,
    Thanks for this recipe. It was very delicious. My husband was like so much. I saw your website & i noted many recipe’s. Hope i will try to some other dishes and send feedback to you.


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