Sunday, March 14, 2010

Stuffed Grape Leaves (Etli Yaprak Sarma)




This is a typical turkish meal. The way it is prepared slightly differs from region to region. Where I (Hande) come from (south of Turkey), it is prepared with meat or without meat. The version with the meat is prepared in very thin and lengthy pieces. It takes some time to prepare, but worths the effort I can assure you.

Time: 2,5 - 3 hours    Level : Difficult        Yield: 4-5 servings

Ingredients

500 gr grape leaves

For the stuffing
300 gr minced meat (we used beef, lamb could be also used)
3 small tomato
2 medium size onion
1 small water glass rice
2 tbs vegetable oil
1 tbs paprika paste
1 tbs tomato paste
6-7 parsley leaves
Salt
Black pepper

For the sauce
1 tsp paprika paste
3 tsp dried mint
2 tbs vegetable oil

To serve
6-8 tbs yoghurt
2 pieces garlic

Preparation

If you have bought the grape leave as fresh, then cook them in  boiling water, until they get soften. If you have bought them as pickled in brine, then you need to leave them in warm water a few hours in order to make sure that the salt is released.

In order to prepare stuffing, chop the tomatoes, onions & parsley into very small pieces. We used a food processor in order to chop them, if you prefer you can also do it manually. Then put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix them with your hand.


Now we are ready to stuff the leaves. Take a leaf, remove the stalk with the help of a knife. Then put a piece of stuffing on the leaf as displayed in the picture, fold the side inwards and roll the leaf like a cylinder.






Cover the bottom of the pot with a layer of leaves. Place the stuffed leaves in the pot tightly.  On top of the leaves place a plate upside down, so that the leaves are not opened while cooking. If you have stuffing left, then in this case, you can place the plate the other way around and put the remaining stuffing inside the plate, so that stuffing can be cooked as well.


Poor some water in the pot, until it almost covers the leaves.  Start cooking with high temperature until the water boils, then lower the temperature. Cook the leaves for around 1 - 1,5 hours, cooking time depends on the leaves. We would advise you to taste them to make sure that they are really cooked.

Once the leaves are ready you can prepare the sauce. In a small pan, mix all the ingredients and poor them on top of the leaves.

Serve the leaves with yoghurt. If you mix the yoghurt with some garlic, it would be cherry on the cake.

Thanks mom for the recipe.

25 comments:

Daimon said...

Dear my friends,

Congratulation for new blog. It is really good choice to buzz all around the world Turkish cuisine recipes and your cooking experience.I will follow your cooking journey and I wish you will buzz your cooking experience for years.


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Burcak Timucin said...

My dear.. We are just starting and not planning to stop any time soon. And not just the Turkish cuisine, we will share whatever we cook.

Rating and some other surprises will be coming soon!

And it is not Lucia..it is Julie and Julia! :):):) I guess we are neither of them. :P

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Alanna said...

I would like to try this recipe but would like to know what is water glass rice? thanks!

Hande Karadeniz Bodart said...

Hi Alana, I used water glass to refer to the quantity, so it is as much as that it can fill a water glass. Basically it is regular rice. Sorry for confusion.

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