Mămăligă – corn porridge

 

A traditional Romanian recipe – mămăligă – a corn meal porridge is served as a side dish instead of potatoes or rice. Here you can find a little bit of the history behind this traditional recipe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mămăligă

Historically, this golden bread was eaten as a replacement to bread made from wheat flour. It was inexpensive, easy to do every day, in every season and could be found in every household.

Mămăligă is often served with cottage cheese, sour cream and fried eggs. It is also served as side dish to different types of stews and other meat or fish dishes. The best result you would get by making mămăligă in a cast iron pot. Be careful for the bubbles when is cooking, you can get a serious burn.

This is a simple recipe:

500 g corn meal
1 ½  l water
1 teaspoon salt
Bring the water to a simmer, add salt. Little by little stir in the corn flour until all is incorporated. Let it simmer under a lid for 10-15 minutes by stirring occasionally.
When it is done, turn it upside down on a wooden plate or any plate and serve.

 

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