The history of this dish is a little fuzzy for me. My grandfather & grandmother came from Romania and I always cooked this for my grandfather. My father also enjoyed eating this, and I remember that they told me that they use to eat this in the "old country". We always served this with sour cream, cottage cheese and sugar, My MIL whose family came from Russia used to mix the cornmeal in a glass with a little water, so that there would be no lumps. I usually make it with water and a little milk, it also can be made with just water.