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Monday, January 27, 2014

Cabbage Rolls with Green Lentils

(Mercimekli Lahana Sarması)

Cabbage Rolls with Green Lentils
1 large head cabbage or green kale or collard greens
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp canned crushed tomatoes
Warm water

1/2 cup Turkish bulgur, small grain, washed, drained
3/4 cup lentils, soak in water overnight, rinsed, drained
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
3-4 green onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 tsp red pepper paste
2 tbsp canned crushed tomatoes
1 tsp cumin

1/2 lemon juice
1 tsp crushed pepper

Core the cabbage, boil in a large pot with salted water until it's soft and pliable – for 8-10 minutes. Lift the cabbage from the hot water, allow it to drain a bit. Start peeling off the tender leaves.

Mix all the filling ingredients in a bowl with a tablespoon. Cut off the hard parts at the center of the leaves (picture). Cut the leaves in medium sizes to fill them. Use a teaspoon to put the fillings on each leaf. First fold over the top, then the two sides (picture) and roll to close it up.

Line up all the rolls in a medium-size pot without big holes in between. Drizzle the olive oil on top. Place a small plate upside down over the rolls in order to prevent the rolls from unfolding while being cooked. Then pour enough hot water mixed with crushed tomatoes into the pot from the side. Cook at medium-low heat for about 25 minutes with the lid covered. If necessary, add a little more hot water.

* Don't throw the leftover coarse veins of cabbage, you can use them for the Quick Pickled Cabbage:)



At 5:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks perfect!I always wonder how you are(Turkish women)able to fold these small parts of cabbage leaves:) In eastern europe, we always use the whole leaves for sarmas:)Greetings

At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

Love your recipes. If I were to use kale do I boil it for 8 to 10 mins like the cabbage?



At 9:42 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you Meri:) Kale should be boiled for 2-3 minutes and drained.
Take care,

At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can not wait to try this.
Thanks for your wonderrful recipes. I have been using them for years now. I wish you had your own cooking show :)

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you!! :)


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