Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stuffed Vine Leaves


Stuffed Vine leaves is a popular appetizer all over Middle East .  It is also called as grape leaves.  They are generally stuffed with ground meat, rice and vegetables. If it is stuffed with meat they serve it warm, vegetarian stuffing can be served cold. Today I used bulgur wheat with vegetables as stuffing. I followed Arabic food for the recipe, the actual recipe is with meat and rice. I made a few changes from the original recipe.
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Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
Grape leaves-  about 40 ready to use from the package
Bulgur wheat- 1 cup
Onion- 1 finely chopped
Red Pepper- 1/2 chopped
Carrot- 1 medium sized chopped finely
Garlic- 3 pods chopped finely
Tomato paste- 1 tsp
Vegetable stock cube- 1
Olive oil- 2 tsp
Tomato - 2 sliced
Onion- 1 sliced
Potato- 2 sliced
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Prepare the stuffing first by heating the oil in a pan, add the finely chopped garlic, onions and saute well. Then add the pepper and carrot. Cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes.  Add 2 cups of water along with the stock cube. Add the bulgur, salt and pepper.  Keep the heat in medium to low.  Cover the pan and cook till the water is completely absorbed and the bulgur is cooked.  Switch off and keep it aside.

   To stuff the leaves.  Wash  the leaves well in warm water.  Keep the leaf  on the rough side and stem facing you.  Place a spoonfull of filling inside and wrap it up.  Repeat the same with 20 leaves.
   Take a heavy bottomed pan,  line the inside with vine leaves, on top of that arrange slices of onion, tomato and potato.  On top of it arrange the stuffed vine leaves.  Repeat the same with until all the vine leaves get over.  Fill the pan with water till the top of the leaves.  Keep a plate on the top layer and press it firmly.  Cover the pan with it's lid,  cook it in medium  heat  for 20 minutes.
Serve warm or cold with yogurt.

This recipe goes to   AWED- Iranian Cuisine hosted by Sweet Artichoke originally started by DK of Chef in you.

35 comments:

Kurinji said...

Really innovative dish...
Kurinji kathambam

Srivalli said...

wow looks very interesting!

Prathibha said...

looks superb...yummy






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hey,

That looks awesome dear...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Priya said...

Yummy stuffed vine leaves..

The Foodie said...

vegetarian stuffing is great... i have mostly seen non veg stuffing but this is great..

Jay said...

That sounds beyond amazing..! very delicious...n innovative..:)
Tasty appetite

Ambreen said...

Very interesting recipe... lovely pictures!

G.Pavani said...

new n interesting recipe looks yummy..

Rachana said...

That looks lovely!

PJ said...

Lovely recipe :)

S.Menaga said...

வித்தியாசாமாக நன்றாகயிருக்கு...

veena krishnakumar said...

i made the veg version of this for daring cook challenge

Subhie Arun said...

really innovative dish...superb..awesome clicks too!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Interesting one!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very innovative and nice looking dish.
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said...

Oh yes we do have stuffed grape leaves alot here! :) Since my Arab friends mostly make it for me, I have never really tried making it myself!

Angie's Recipes said...

I would love to get some grape leaves to try too! They look so yummy!

Uma said...

lovely recipe.. interesting!

aipi said...

Love this recipe. Very new for me.


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savitha ramesh said...

OMG i am drooling here,,,nice stuffed leaves

Priya (elaichii) said...

Very new dish and would love to taste it!

Pushpa said...

Healthy and yummy dish.

sweet artichoke said...

Waow, this is a beautiful and delicious dish! I love the vegetarian stuffing! And, your pictures are amazing! Thanks very much for participating to the event!

Medeja said...

I tried something like that in Greece and liked it a lot :) most interesting thing that after few of them I felt full :)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looks wonderful

Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Very new to me. Looks so nice..

Padhu said...

This is new to me .Sounds very interesting .
Btw ,I want to participate in the Anyone can cook event and link back to u but do not want to post the logo due to lack of space .Is it OK
Padhuskitchen

Satya said...

That is something new to me... good one

Rumana Rawat said...

Looks superb :)

Prathima Rao said...

Beautiful presentation....Interesting & new recipe too!!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments.
Padhu no problem about the logo, you can link it :)

Pavithra said...

Wow I love this Ayeesha.. this medit cuisine and this was also in my to do list and i love this a lot... Looks yummy :)

PriyaVaasu said...

Very tempting!!!!!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

i remember having this from my Iranian friend...you have done it so perfectly!

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