Jamaican (Cornmeal) Porridge

"one of my favorite dishes when in jamaica. and this from someone who doesn't normally like hot cereals."
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  • Bring salted water to a boil.
  • Combine cornmeal and flour together in a bowl.
  • Add milk slowly to make a smooth paste.
  • Stir cornmeal paste into boiling salted water.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, cover and simmer for 15 more minutes.
  • Sweeten with condensed milk.
  • Serve hot.

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  1. Amanda L.
    traditional Jamaican cornmeal porridge does not call for flour
  2. Monique H.
    Just tried it as I haven't made porridge in a long time....it turned out delicious!!!! Traditional porridge doesn't call for flour (which I know ) but tried nevertheless and it added another smooth layer it really didn't take anything away from the outcome....simply delicious thanks for sharing!!!!!
  3. Aeron J.
    I respect your recipe and I tried it tonight. I used coconut milk but I will try with condensed milk next time. I also respect Ms. Amanda L.'s observation because I don't think I've seen a Jamaican conrmeal porridge recipe using flour. And I doubt that my mother prepared hers with flour. But I understand that it acts as an added thickening agent and I like my porridge thick!
  4. Debbie B.
    No flour required. I use coconut milk. Slap somebody good
  5. Kimla M.
    To avoid lumps you have to stir while adding the cornmeal in the salted boil water. stir until it starts thickening , then you stop stirring and add the spices and then sweeten. I make this twice a a week for my baby. I don't add flour though.


  1. Aeron J.
    Substitute coconut milk and a sweetener for the condensed milk. That's what I did.
  2. Mandy
    Mmm, not bad, this is nice for something different for brekky, I scaled it down to serve one and used cinnamon extract instead of cinnamon & vanilla, it was a little bland after tasting so I added a little more extract & condensed milk after serving which was great, even toddler DD had a taste and liked it. Thanks for a new breakfast recipe as an alternative to oats based porridge.



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