Ready in 45 minutes
Syrian meatless cabbage rolls. Tangy, spicy, and very filling.
Place burghul in a bowl and cover with boiling or hot water and allow to sit for about 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the burghul is partially cooked.
Place cabbage in a pot of boiling water and cook for a few minutes to soften leaves. Remove from water and, with a knife, loosen leaves from the base. If the leaves are still not soft, boil again for a few minutes. When all leaves are cut free, trim the bottom portion of the thick rib from each leave (e.g. about 2 inches in), leaving a large circle that will be used to wrap the filling. Note - if leaves are very large, they may be cut in half before use.
To make filling, place all remaining ingredients, except garlic and tomato juice, in a bowl and thoroughly mix. Place some filling on the wide end of a cabbage leaf and roll, tucking in the ends in the process. Continue until all leaves are finished.
Cover bottom of saucepan with saved cabbage ribs and any extra leaves. Arrange rolls side by side. Sprinkle a little extra salt and add the garlic cloves to the pan. Pour the tomato juice over cabbage rolls. Add a little extra water if needed so that the liquid comes up at least half way up the pan. (Opt. - you may place an inverted plate on top of the cabbage rolls to weight them in the pan. Alternatively, use a tight fitting lid.)
Bring to a boil; then cover and cook tomato juice and enough water to cover plate. Bring to a boil; then cover and cook over medium heat for 50 minutes or until burghul is well done. Serve hot or cold with a little of the tomato sauce from the pan.
Makes about 10 - 12 cabbage rolls; number will vary based on size of leaves and amount of filling used.
Adapted From: Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa
by Habeeb Salloum
Each (1 roll, app 1 cup) serving contains an estimated:
Cals: 158, FatCals: 32, TotFat: 4g
SatFat: 1g, PolyFat: 1g, MonoFat: 2g
Chol: 5mg, Na: 307mg, K: 420mg
TotCarbs: 28g, Fiber: 6g, Sugars: 5g
NetCarbs: 22g, Prot: 6g
These are very diet friendly and delicious. We served them with homemade pita bread.
admrink 10m agoAmazing flavors and so easy to make. Don't skip this one.
jdriemeyer 1y agoOh my gosh! They were so amazing. Delicious spices. You would never miss the meat.
BuswellFamily 1y agoAmazing! My in-laws are Vegan so we made these rolls as the main course for Christmas dinner. They were a hit. Who said vegan food has to be boring? Love, love, love!
sulshe1 5y agosounds wonderful; I had been thinking of using burghul instead of rice for stuffed (qoosa) squash. You may have convinced me!
cms_ 6y agoI ended up with some filling and the core of the cabbage left over, which I chopped up and made a soup out of the remaining ingredients.
KaryAnca 7y agoBe sure to use a non-dairy "butter" or alternative (e.g. vegetable oil) if making as a vegan dish.
sgrishka 9y agoI'm no vegetarian but this ethnic dish made with chickpeas and bulgar wheat is superb! A wonderful combination of ingredients and spices results in sumptuous dish loaded with flavor. I did add a couple extra tablespoons of butter to the sauce.
promfh 10y agoThese take a little bit to make but are worth the time and effort.
promfh 10y agoThese are very diet friendly and delicious. We served them with homemade pita bread. [I posted this recipe.]