Ramadan Kareem – I’m late!

Shame on me, shame on me, I’ve let my blog down by not posting all this time, but i’ve finally started to feel better ever since i passed my first trimester in my pregnancy, the nausea is not as bad as before and started liking food again.

Since it’s ramadan i have been preparing and cooking every now and then which i will post about on a daily basis “fingers crossed” hopefully starting from today!

My first Ramadan dish that i would like to start with is this yummy stuffed grape leaves.

This is how you do it:

 Ingredients:

– 1 Jar of grape leaves

– 1 1/2 Egyption rice “ wash and drain”

– 500 grams minced beef

– 1 Potato sliced

–  5 Ribs

– 7 Garlic cloves

– Juice of 3 lemons

– 1/4 Veg oil + 1/4 Olive oil

– Spices: Black pepper, cinammon, dry corriander, dry ginger, nutmeg

– Salt

 

Preparation:

1. Soak the leaves in boiling water for about 15 minutes.

2. Mix the rice with the meat, oils, spices and salt, the best way to do it is by using your hands.

3. Place a leaf and make sure to cut the stem off, shiny side down, and place around 1 tsp and a half of your rice and meat mixture in the middle and start rolling, if you’re not familiar with this step watch the video below.

 

4. When you’re done, in a deep pan heat some oil and cook your garlic cloves and ribs untill the outside is nice and brown, then turn the heat off.

5. place them almost flat, then layer the potato slices on top of the ribs, the reason why we don’t want the grape leaves to touch the bottom is because we don’t want them to burn.

Then place the stuffed grape leaves in circular motion.

6. Place a plate on top so you’re stuffed grape leaves are secured, pour in water untill the whole thing is soaked and add salt.

7. Let it cook for about 2 hours, if the water dries out you can add a little more.

8. When it’s fully cooked, remove the plate and add your lemon juice, the best way to present is to flip the whole thing on a plate and it will end up looking fantastic.

Oh i forgot to mention that sometimes we put eggs to boil with the leaves because they end up tasting so good ^_^

Enjoy!

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