Balmos – Romanian Cheese Polenta

Balmos Romanian Cheese Polenta is a traditional dish that originated in the picturesque region of Transylvania, Romania. This mouthwatering delicacy combines the rich flavors of creamy polenta with the distinctive taste of local cheeses. It is a culinary experience that is sure to delight the senses.

The foundation of Balmos Romanian Cheese Polenta lies in the preparation of the polenta itself. Made from finely ground yellow cornmeal, the polenta is cooked slowly over low heat, allowing it to absorb the flavors of the ingredients added to it. The result is a smooth and velvety texture that forms the perfect base for the cheese.

Served hot, Balmos Romanian Cheese Polenta is a comfort food that warms the soul. It is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a main course or as a side dish alongside salad, sauteed mushrooms, grilled meats or stews. Its hearty nature makes it a popular choice during cold winter months, but its delicious flavors are equally enjoyable year-round.

How to make Balmos  – Romanian Cheese Polenta

Balmos – Romanian Cheese Polenta is a simple yet delightful dish that can be easily prepared in a few steps.

First, combine a mixture of yogurt, milk, sour cream, eggs, oil, and cheese in a pot. These ingredients come together to create a creamy and flavorful base for the polenta. Place over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it reaches a boiling point.

After boiling, reduce the heat to low and slowly add cornmeal. Stir continuously to prevent lumps from forming and help the cornmeal to incorporate into the mixture.

Season with salt and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, with regular stirring, until it thickens and begins to pull away from the sides of the pot.

Once the desired consistency is achieved, serve the hot Balmos Romanian Cheese Polenta with a fresh salad, drizzle it with your favorite sauces, or serve it alongside meat for a complete and delicious meal.

Whether you are a fan of traditional Romanian cuisine or simply seeking to explore new flavors, Balmos Romanian Cheese Polenta is a culinary delight that you shouldn’t miss. With its creamy texture, cheesy goodness, and comforting flavors, this cheese polenta is sure to please your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Hope you will give this amazing dish a try. If you do make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram. Enjoy!

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Discover the delightful flavors of this traditional Romanian Sweet Cornbread. This heavenly dessert captures the essence of corn, combining its natural sweetness with a moist and tender texture. With every bite, savor the harmony of aromatic vanilla and tangy yogurt elevating this cake to a true culinary delight.

Balmos serving with sour cream on the side

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Balmos - a sort of Cheese Polenta

Balmos - Romanian Cheese Polenta

5 from 2 votes
Balmos - or cheese polenta, a rich, cheesy dish, absolutely delicious. Yogurt makes it a little tart tasting, a perfect side dish along a fresh salad or meat.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 14 oz (400g) plain yogurt
  • 14 fl oz (400ml) milk
  • 7 oz (200g) sour cream
  • 3 eggs , beaten
  • 1/4 cup (60g) cold pressed sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp (5g) salt
  • 1 cup (100g) cheese , grated
  • 1 ¼ cup (200g) cornmeal


  • In a medium heavy pot combine yogurt with milk and sour cream. Stir in eggs, oil and cheese and bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat and add cornmeal slowly, stirring continuously. Add salt and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly. It is done when it pulls away from the sides of the pot. 
  • Serve hot  with a fresh salad or with some of you favorite sauces or as a side dish along meat.


Serving: 1 serving out of 4Calories: 648kcalCarbohydrates: 48.4gProtein: 24.8gFat: 40.2gSaturated Fat: 16.9gCholesterol: 202mgSugar: 12.7g
Calories: 648kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: balmos, cheese, cheese polenta, corn meal, polenta, yogurt

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  1. Lindsey@Lindselicious Author says:

    YUM!! I love any kind of polenta. This looks so good I need to make ASAP!

  2. Colleen Author says:

    What kind of cheese did you use for this? Looks delicious!

  3. Rosa Author says:

    I love this polenta dish! I’m bookmarking it to try with Gruyere or Gouda cheese. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Mireille Author says:

    my first time discovering your blog. You have such a great selection of unique recipe

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