Traditional Romanian Polenta


by: Gourmandelle

This is such a simple recipe and yet it can be modified in so many ways to create new and even more delicious recipes. This is the basic polenta with just 3 ingredients: water, cornmeal and salt. I often eat polenta instead of bread because it is much healthier and also it contains a higher amount of fibers. Studies have shown that by eating polenta we fight against diabetes, liver and even respiratory diseases. Eating polenta also helps us prevent obesity and thyroid diseases. Cornmeal has many great benefits but we should choose only the organic non-GMO version because this one does not contain additives and other bad substances. Most times I use polenta as a side dish but it can also be a main dish if you add more ingredients like chopped onion, parsley, tofu etc. In future posts I will show you ways to incorporate polenta in different recipes and also how to make this dish more flavorful. Until then enjoy this traditional Romanian dish known worldwide!


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serves: 6

1 l water

200 g organic cornmeal

1 tsp sea salt

Nutrition Facts
Traditional Romanian Polenta

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount per Serving

Calories: 121

  • Total Fat: 1.2 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 412.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 25.6 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g
  •     Sugars: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 2.7 g

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1.  Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add sea salt.

2.  Take cornmeal by the handful and add to water slowly. Stir quickly to avoid lumps. Use a long-handled wooden spoon( I used one with a hole in the middle which is more suitable for liquid consistency meals).

3.  Cook for 20 minutes, stirring constantly. Polenta will become very thick while cooking. It is done when it comes away cleanly from the sides of the pot.

4.  Pour polenta in a round shape form and let it cool for 15 minutes.

5.  Cut cooled polenta into slices and serve!

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