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Mamaliga is typically served as a side dish to, well, pretty much anything.  It can be used as a substitute for mashed potato or bread to bulk up a meal.  Historically, this cornmeal based dish was a peasant food especially in the poorer rural areas, where even bread was scarce.  Nowadays it is eaten by everyone and is served everywhere.

Makes Dulcie's List   Makes Cosmin's List


  • 160g polenta/cornmeal/maize
  • 500ml water
  • A pinch of salt
Optional To Serve
  • Crumbled sheep cheese
  • Paprika and olive oil


  • Calories | 278
  • Fat | 0.6g

Serves | 2

Prep Time | No prep

Cooking Time | Approximately 9 Minutes


  1. Boil the water and salt in a pan, add the polenta stirring continuously and when it comes to the boil again lower the temperature.  Continue stirring until cooked through.
  2. You'll know it's done if you insert the wet tail end of a wooden spoon and it comes out clean.
  3. I serve my mamaliga with crumbled sheep cheese, olive oil and paprika.

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