Traditional Mămăliga

A traditional Moldovan meal, yet very easy to be cooked. You should know that this cornmeal porridge is similar to Italian polenta. As it is a very tasty food (not to mention healthy!), it is served not only in the family, but also in very fancy restaurants. Also, there are many ways to prepare it –  boiled in water, stock or milk, with cheese or sour cream, herbs, butter, and on and on.



Some cut mamaliga by using a piece of thread, not the knife

  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup coarse yellow cornmeal
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Telemea or feta cheese (optional)
  • Fresh herbs of choice (optional)
  1. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Add the salt and butter, stirring to melt. Using a wooden spoon, add the cornmeal very gradually, while stirring constantly in the same direction.
  2. Simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens and starts to pull away from the sides of the pot, about 35-40 minutes. Serve hot.
  3. NOTE: If desired, while mamaliga is still hot, add more butter, cheese, sour cream and herbs. Mamaliga can also be served with a dollop of sour cream. Mamaliga can be poured into a pan. When cool, it can be flipped out onto a cutting board, cut into squares and sauteed in butter until crispy.

We use to serve mamaliga with steak, but the recipe of steak is reserved for another time!




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