Stuffed Cabbage rolls
Servings Prep Time
40units 1hour
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
40units 1hour
Cook Time
  • 1 cabbagetry finding a wide cabbage with big leaves that would be easier to separate
  • 1 onionchopped and fried. optional
  • 2cups whole grain ricewashed and drained
  • 0.5tbsp sumacoptional but recommended because it adds a lot of flavor. don’t put too much of it.
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 0.5tsp Sugar
  • 2 lemonsjuice the lemons
  1. Mix together the rice, cinnamon, olive oil, sumac and sugar. add half of the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Optional – add the fried onion
  2. boil water in a big pot. put the cabbage inside to soften the leaves. take out every 2-3 minutes and remove the leaves that are softer. the best way to do so is to cut them from the stem using a knife. leaves are soft enough when you can fold them easily and they wouldn’t open back.
  3. Cut the leaves to 10×10 cm squares. of course, we are working with cabbage leaves so it’s impossible to be accurate but you need to aim at large enough pieces. you may need to remove the central stem in the leaf, to allow easier folding
  4. start folding – put 1 big tsp of filling at the top of the leaf, fold over the filling
  5. fold the sides of the leaf over the filling
  6. and continue folding VERY tightly. place in a wide pot. make sure that the rolls are cramped together – this will protect them from opening again during the cooking.
  7. When all the rolls are ready, sprinkle above them the lemon juice, olive oil and some salt and pepper. add water – enough to cover the rolls plus a few centimeters. cover with an upside down plate and push the plate lightly towards the cabbage rolls. cover with the pot lid.
  8. cook for 1.25 hours on low heat, check that there is enough water and if needed, and more, but allow them to absorb before turning off heat. it should be enough time but if the rice is not soft enough, add a bit of water and keep cooking for another 15 minutes. best to eat with some Tahini or Hummus.
Recipe Notes

I’d love to get more feedback – questions about recipes, comments and suggestions!

If you like my recipes and use them –

please like my Facebook page for more updates

You could also help this site by supporting me – buy me a cup of coffee or a sandwich 🙂 Thank you for visiting!