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Basic Proja: A Traditional Serbian Cornmeal Dish

This version of basic proja is cooked with young cheese and milk on the stove top, and then set into a mould, sliced and eaten with sour cream or fried.
Course Side
Cuisine Serbian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 12
Author Valerie Lugonja


  • 4 cups Cottage Cheese (or 3 cups cottage cheese and I cup feta)
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional: dependent upon cheese salt content)
  • Butter for bottom of casserole dish or mould


  1. Prepare casserole dishes or mould (butter inside)
  2. Combine all ingredients into heavy pan; cook at medium heat 25-35 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid sticking to bottom of pot
  3. As mixture thickens, big bubbles will form and splatter when proja is almost done
  4. Proja will be done when a path can be made with the spoon through the mixture in the pot
  5. Pour into mould; smooth top
  6. Cool, unmould and serve with sour cream or slice and fry in butter and serve with sour cream