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)
Boil water. Add salt and butter, stir to melt. Use a wooden spoon, add the cornmeal very gradually, while stir constant in a same direction.
Simmer over low heat, stir often until thicken and start to pull away from side of pot, about 35-40 minutes. Serve hot.
NOTE: If wanted, while mamaliga is hot, add more butter, cheese, sour cream and herbs. Mamaliga can also be serve with large spoon of sour cream. Mamaliga can be poured into a pan. When cool, it can be turn out onto cutting board, cut to squares and sauteed in butter until crispy.
Also can add bacon pieces and some meats if taste.