Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge with Coconut Milk


This is by far the most popular Jamaican Breakfast Porridge. It is sold on the street between 5-9am to passing commuters. There is even a popular Bob Marley song that mentions the cornmeal porridge.
Listen to No Woman No Cry here.
 I use cinnamon sugar or the condensed milk to decorate the top.

Yield: 4 servings

1 cup of yellow cornmeal
4 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of coconut milk
1 tbsp flour (you can use 2 tbsp oats)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk or to taste
Sugar to taste
  1. Place 3 cups water, cornmeal and salt in a 2 quart pot. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly for about 15 to 20 minutes. 
  2. Mix together 1 cup water, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg,  vanilla and almond extract together. 
  3. Mix  into cornmeal. Cook for about 5 minutes to thicken. 
  4. Stir in the condensed milk and sweeten to taste. 
  5. Serve in a cereal bowl while still hot.
Warning: Let it cool a bit before you dig in. You may not see stem but its very hot below the surface.