WALNUTS AND SPICES WRAPPED IN CABBAGE LEAVES
In this recipe we will show how to make a popular Georgian dish of walnuts and spices wrapped in cabbage leaves. It is quite spicy so you may want to reduce the quantities of spices or omit some.
Ingredients: 1 medium size cabbage, 250 grams of walnuts, 1 tsp dried Blue Fenugreek, 1 tsp of dried coriander, 1 tsp of ground red pepper, 1 tsp dried marigold, 3 cloves of garlic, 3 tbs of white wine vinegar, salt and pomegranate seeds (for garnish).
Preparation: Grind the walnuts and garlic together (we used a meat grinder).
Add the crushed walnuts and garlic to a mixing bowl and add the spices, salt, white wine vinegar and 3-4 tbs of water.
Mix thoroughly until the mixture looks like the picture below.
Boil water in a deep (preferably cast iron) pan, add 1 tbs of salt and add the cabbage. Leave in the water for 5 minutes. The aim is to soften the cabbage leaves not boil them. Rotate the cabbage to enable all of the leaf area to soften.
Remove the cabbage from the pan and carefully peel off the leaves using the back of a spoon.
Cut the ‘spines’ from the leaves. Be careful not to cut the leaf.
The prepared leaves should look like the picture below.
Spread the nut mixture onto each cabbage leaf, fold the edges to form a ‘parcel’ and carefully roll it lengthwise The process is shown in the pictures below.
Serving: Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve cold.
Enjoy your walnuts and spices wrapped in cabbage leaves!