EGYPTIAN - Stuffed Grape Leaves - Warak Einab

By ali eletre

  • Ingredients:

  • • 1 1/2 lbs. uncooked ground beef or ground lamb

  • • 16 oz. can of tomato sauce or 2 1/2 cups peeled, diced tomatoes

  • • 2 cups uncooked white rice

  • • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • • 1 tablespoon coriander

  • • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • • 2 tablespoons of lemon

  • • 1 16 oz. jar grape leaves or 1 lb. fresh vine leaves

  • • 1 lemon sliced

  1. Preparation:

  2. Remove grape leaves from jar and soak for a few hours in cold water. If not soaked properly, they have a very salty taste.

  3. While grape leaves are soaking, mix together ground beef, tomato sauce, rice, parsley, coriander, salt, pepper and lemon juice. This is best done with your hands. Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to stuff leaves.

  4. Preparing the Grape Leaves to Stuff

  5. Drain grape leaves and dry with paper towels. Remove stems. Place leaves shiny side down and have you meat mixture ready.

  6. Stuffing and Wrapping

  7. Put about a teaspoon of mixture towards the bottom of the leaf. Fold in sides and roll upwards tightly. Do not roll too tightly. The rice does expand during cooking and may tear the leaf.

  8. Repeat with remaining leaves and mixture.

  9. How to Properly Place Them in The Pot

  10. In a large saucepan or dutch oven, place them side by side in circle layers. Place two lemon slices between the layers of grape leaves.

  11. Put a weight on top of the last layer of stuffed grape leaves. I use a ceramic plate. This ensure that the leaves to do not move around during cooking. Fill with pot with water, covering the leaves. Simmer and cook for 30 minutes on low until the rice is done.

  12. When rice is tender, remove vine leaves from pot and serve.

Nutritional Facts


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8 replies

akotoch 2009-12-24 07:48:06 -0600 Report

My mother made stuffed grape leaves for years, only she does not use parsley or coriander, once they are cooked she would add some lemon juice mixed with a crushed clove of garlic and dried mint on top and let it sit for minuted for the flavors to get into the dish.

BIRDY 2009-12-09 07:18:47 -0600 Report

Susie , best friend of this recipe (original name is: dolma) is always yogurt.

Avera 2009-06-17 20:38:07 -0500 Report

This is one recipe that I do love. There is a small market here in my town where one can get fresh grape leaves. I am going to try this receipe as soon as possible.

ali eletre
ali eletre 2009-06-16 16:40:33 -0500 Report

memories are good for every one .. i will send for you the recipe of baklawa my be you can do it but i will sand a kind without suger thanks for you