2 Servings

5 min Prep, 20 min Cook


Allergy Friendly


Cornmeal porridge (aka polenta) is a dietary staple for Jamaicans; it’s creamy, warming and very very filling. This was something my grandmother would make for me as a young girl. I recall countless days requesting cornmeal porridge specifically from granny because mine would turn out lumpy and she would rebuke me for wasting her precious cornmeal.
One thing I’ve learnt during my cornmeal crusade is the importance of condensed milk, especially for the vegan style. My previous attempts were made with solely coconut milk and coconut palm sugar. Granted the results were okay, but underwhelming which left me disheartened. There was an edge and the sweet creamy taste that was missing. Thankfully I was able to identify the missing piece to the puzzle – condensed milk and rescue my recipe.
Yes cornmeal is on the GMO list, you’re absolutely right. However, there are organic and non-gmo versions which can be easily purchased. I used the super fine texture – its yellow and resembles sawdust. They are different textures of cornmeal widely available ranging from super fine to course. I personally like the super fine texture because the porridge comes out creamy and smooth.

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Cooking Stages

    • Mix the cornmeal with water and set aside.

    • Pour the 3 cups of coconut milk into a sauce pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.

    • Once the milk starts to boil, add the cornmeal mixture to the pot. Do this slowly and make sure to turn consistency to omit lumps - continue to stir until all the watery cornmeal has gone.

    • At this point this is where the remainder of recipe requires plenty of stirring, so get that arm in motion while adding the outstanding spices and condensed milk.

    • Continue to stir for 15 minutes until the porridge is smooth and creamy.

    • NOTES: Ensure to stir cornmeal in the initial stages and throughout to omit lumps forming. Cornmeal is sometimes sold as polenta or maize meal.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 458 g

Amount Per Serving
Calories 475 cals24%
% Daily Value*
Kilojoules 1994.5 kJ24%
Fat 11.9 g18%
Sodium 385.5 mg17%
Carbohydrate 63.1 g21%
Protein 10.8 g22%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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