A Recipe for Angu - Brazilian Polenta

Brazilian Polenta
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
225 Calories
8g Fat
36g Carbs
5g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Angu is a simple Brazilian side dish made of cooked cornmeal, similar to polenta. Angu is traditionally prepared rather plainly with only cornmeal, water and maybe some salt for flavoring. Chicken or beef broth can replace some of the water to add more flavor.

Angu can be creamy, or it can be cooked longer until it's thick enough to be placed in a mold. Once popular way to serve angu is to shape it with a fluted ring mold, then serve the main dish (such as chicken with okra) in the middle of the cornmeal ring.


  • 1 1/2 cups stone ground yellow corn meal
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Bring water and chicken broth to a boil. Slowly stir in the cornmeal.

  2. Season with salt to taste. Cook at a low simmer, stirring frequently until cornmeal reaches desired consistency, adding more liquid if necessary. Remove from heat, stir in butter, and serve.

  3. If using a mold, cook cornmeal until very thick, about 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in butter. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons additional butter to grease the inside of mold generously, and pour hot cornmeal into a mold. Let cool for about 10 minutes before gently unmolding.

Serves four as a side dish.