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Monday, December 10, 2012

Cabbage Rolls with Chestnuts in Olive Oil

(Zeytinyagli Kestaneli Lahana Sarmasi - Bursa)

Cabbage Rolls with Chestnuts in Olive Oil
1 medium size white cabbage
1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup rice, washed and drained
4 medium onions, chopped
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
5 tbsp sugar
250 gr chestnuts, grilled, peeled, chopped
2 tbsp pine nuts
1 tbsp currant
1 tbsp dry mint
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup hot water

Fill a large pot halfway with water with salt and boil. Cut off the leaves and cook for about 4-5 minutes and drain.

Saute the onion with olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add the rice, sugar, pine nuts, chestnuts, currant, mint, allspice, cinnamon and salt. Saute at low heat until the rice looks almost see-through. Then add the hot water, stir. Cover and cook until all the water evaporates, stirring occasionally at low heat. Put aside and let it cool down.

Cut off the hard part in the center of the leaves (core). Cut the leaves in medium sizes to fill them. Use a tablespoon to put filling on each leaf ( picture). First fold over the top, then the two sides and roll to close it up.

Pour in 1 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup olive oil from the side of pot. Cover and cook at low heat until most of the water evaporates. Leave a little bit of water at the bottom, it will go away as it's cooling down.

After the "Cabbage Rolls with Chestnuts in Olive Oil" cool down, place them on a serving dish. Serve chilled or at room temperature with lemon wedges.

*Ottoman Kitchen

"Dolma" is a Turkish word which means "stuffed" in English. You can make "dolma" with pepper, tomato, zucchini, eggplant, fish, apple, etc.

"Sarma" is also a Turkish word means "rolled up" in English. You can make sarma with grape or mulberry, cherry, cabbage, swiss chard, kale, bean's leaves, etc.

So, sarma shouldn't be called dolma, they are different:)



At 1:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I love an idea but what can I replace chestnuts with? if any? I have no possibility to buy them. Greetings!

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

With cherry, maybe:) I've posted "Grape Rolls with Cherry in Olive Oil" in October this year. So you can wrap the cherry filling with cabbage
leaves instead of grape leaves:) Or,just skip the chestnuts....make "Cabbage Rolls in Olive Oi" that I've also posted last year:)

At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I love this delicious sarma, but what is current.
Thank You.

At 12:08 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is tiny, dried black raisins:)

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Alex said...

Binnur, this looks amazing like all your recipes!
As an Armenian American who had family in Izmir, I've always loved lahmacun and dolma, but you've introduced me to so much amazing Turkish cooking! Turkish cuisine is my absolute favorite above all else, and I want to thank you for sharing it with us all!

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thanks so much for your lovely words Alex! It's great to hear from you again:) My grandma on my mom's side also from the same region:)
My best wishes to you and your family!


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