Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Waraa' 3inab (stuffed vine leaves)

Waraa' 3inab (stuffed vine leaves) is an appetizer dish in the Lebanese, Syrian, and Jordanian cuisines. It is tasty you should try.


  • 500g vine leaves fresh or (a packet of vine leaves kept in salted water)
  • 1 1/2 cup rice washed
  • 1 cup parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves chopped
  • 4 small tomatoes chopped
  • 4 spring onions chopped with their greens
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 potatoes sliced


salt & pepper to taste Dip the vine leaves in boiling water for 1 minute, remove and put aside. If using the ones from the packet remove and wash a few times to get rid of the salt. Combine the rice with the herbs, onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Open the vine leaves on a board one at a time. Put 1 tsp of the mixture on each, fold in 2 sides then roll like a small cigar. Repeat till you finish all the leaves or the stuffing. Arrange the sliced potatoes in the bottom of a saucepan, then put all the stuffed vine leaves on top, cover with water. Use a plate to fit inside the saucepan as a lid, to stop the vine leaves from opening. Cook on slow heat for 1 hour or till the leaves are well cooked. Serve cold.

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