Bring 3 cups of the water to a boil in a large pot.
Combine 1 1/2 cups of the cornmeal with the remaining 1 cup water. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cornmeal mixture to the boiling water, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook for about 5 minutes, slowly adding the remaining cup of cornmeal.
When the mixture is very thick and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, transfer to a serving bowl or plate. Use a wooden paddle or spoon to compress the mixture into a round shape (you may use wet hands to aid in the procedure).
Per Serving: 210 calories, 5 g protein, 45 g carbohydrate 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 Mg sodium, 4 g fiber.
From an article by Karola Saekel in the San Francisco Chronicle, 8/18/93.