Mămăligă [məməˈliɡə] is a traditional dish in Romania and is basically a porridge made out of maize flour. It was used in the past instead of bread.
How to cook Mămăligă?
The traditional way to cook mămăliga is to boil water, add salt and cornmeal in a special-shaped cast iron pot called “ceaun”. When cooked to be used as a bread substitute is supposed to be much thicker than the regular Italian polenta which has the consistency of porridge. We used to cut it with a piece of sewing thread because it sticks to metal surfaces.
How we eat Mămăligă?
It can be served with sour cream and cheese on the side (mămăligă cu brânză și smântână).
Crushed in a bowl with hot milk (mămăligă cu lapte).
We serve it also with pork stew, cabbage rolls etc.
Another dish that can be made with mămăligă is called “bulz”. We make a ball out mămăligă filled with cheese and butter and it’s roasted in the oven or on the grill.