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Forgotten Foods - Corn Rava Upma

by Raja Varun |

Corn Rava Upma or Corn Polenta made using corn rava or corn meal from "forgotten foods". Corn rava is also famously known as corn polenta in Italian.

Corn rava is made from Indian corn which is finely grounded into a rava. It is also known as Makki or Makai sooji in Hindi, Makka Cholam in Tamil and Mokka Jonna in Telugu.

It's completely gluten free and rich in fibre. A healthy alternative to wheat upma. Cook it the same way like wheat rava by roasting it first then adding water to cook. It needs more water compared to wheat rava. 

Recipe for Corn Rava Upma


  • 1 cup Forgotten Foods Corn Rava
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 – 3 Green Chillies, chopped
  • 1 Curry Leaves
  • 1 small sized Lemon
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Chana Dal
  • 1 tbsp Peanuts
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to taste



  1. Dry roast the corn rava until a nice aroma comes out. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and add the mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and peanuts. Let them splutter.
  3. Now add the chopped green chillies and curry leaves and fry for a couple of seconds.
  4. Add the chopped onion and fry until translucent. Add salt and 2 cups of water to it and bring everything to a boil.
  5. Once it comes to a boil, add the roasted corn rava. Mix well and cover it
    with a lid.
  6. Reduce the flame and let it cook completely.
  7. Switch off the flame. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
  8. Serve hot with chutney

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