Before we start to this traditional family recipe I want to give you a great tip that I learned it from my aunt during summer I collect the fresh grape leaves and just line them on top of each other then wrap them with aluminum foil and put them in freezer bag and freeze them when I took them from freezer I have to be very careful because when they freeze they are very fragile so when you touch them you have to be very careful! and after you de-freeze them they are ready to use & enjoy sunny summer taste!
Are you ready to enjoy?
Organic grape leaves
1 cup organic rice
1/2 cup organic coarsely ground wheat
1 or 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 tbs organic butter or ghee or olive oil
1 tsp pressed organic garlic
1 tsp sea salt
2-3 cups boiling water (you will need more or less water it depends of what type of rice and leaves you use)
For Top ( for 1 person)
1 large organic egg (optional)
1 tbs organic butter, ghee or olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup water
2 tbs fresh green garlic leaves diced very thin I don’t have fresh green garlic leaves so I used normal garlic cloves crushed.
You can use just rice or just wheat or as I do you can mix them.
Rinse rice and wheat.
Mix melted butter, yogurt, garlic and salt to rice and wheat mix them well.( I didn’t have enough yogurt at home so my mixture looks dry but normally should be runny and wet yogurt gives special flavor and character which is the specialty of this recipe.
Then as below you see the photos put some rice and wrap the leaves.
Line up them in pot the closure side should be faced down.
When you reach the last row if you have left over leaves you can cover the top of wraps or if you don’t have that’s fine.
Cover the lid bring to boil 20-30 min. or until the rice and wheat cooked well.
If you are using very big leaves yo can dived them into 2 pieces or just make big wraps my leaves were very small.
Now our Aprakh is ready carefully take each Aprakh and line it in plate.
Put butter in pan until heated pour scrambled egg and stir fry put the crushed garlic and salt stir-fry then add boiling water boil it 1-2 min. it should be little water left when you put it over the
Okay I know its worth it but isn’t it enough we wait… aaawww it smells garlicious!
Give me a moment please! I have to eat and sweep this I stand to much.
If you will ask is this salad really served warm?? Yes it is, it’s different and especially for winter time it’s warming and always nice to try something unusual isn’t it this is the way to learn end explore more.
While you are recycling every part of the food you are creating delicious, healthy dish!
When I’m buying veggies as today I did I removed all unused and old leafs or sometimes peels of vegetables as well you can use all kind of veggies like carrot peels beet leafs etc… but please be sure they are not poisonous or harmful for your health today the salad made from winter veggies.
And please don’t forget to soak the veggies 1 hour in vinegar water before you use them!
You can reduce or add more it depend on how much old and unused leafs and parts you have.
3 red cabbage leafs
2 cabbage leafs
roots and leafs of broccoli
roots and leafs of cauliflower
2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp of salt
2-3 cloves of garlic diced (optional)
1 lemon juice
1/2 cup of boiling water
Cut all of the vegetables as you like
I like to cut them into thin stripes
add olive oil if you will use garlic add it with olive oil
add the veggies
start to stir them for 2-3 minutes
add boiling water
cover with lid cook for 2-3 minutes more or if you like them softer cook them 5 to 6 min.
Add the salt stir
At the end when you serve your warm salad add the lemon juice and stir.