Mealie-meal is a relatively coarse flour (much coarser than cornflour or cornstarch) made from maize (called mielies or mealies). It is a staple food in South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana and many other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, traditionally made into umphokoqo, sour-milk porridge, pap, and also Umqombothi (a type of beer).
The raw ingredient of mealie-meal is added to boiling water, or boiling milk for a creamier texture, and the result is a porridge with a very thick texture. It is eaten at breakfast as porridge, and also with meat and gravy as a mashed potato substitute. It is similar to Italian polenta or American grits except that it is usually made of a white rather than a yellow maize variety.