Haute Arabia brings you our Ramadhan special feature, ‘Ramadhan Recipes’ with Nuha El-Quesny.
This blessed month is the time of year when we can cleanse ourselves, from the inside and out. It brings with it so many blessings, and if you have ever fasted we’re sure you can relate to the temptation of fantasizing your Iftar meal throughout the entire fast!
Although the purpose of fasting is not having an abundance of food and overindulging, it is still okay to treat ourselves (within reason) with healthy and delicious meals (yay!). We have devoted this month to bring you our favorite recipes from our favorite people.
Today’s recipe is brought to you by @Devotetlyyours – otherwise known as Nuha, one of our favorite bloggers who is now back for another feature with Haute Arabia – now with a delicious Ramadhan treat for us all.
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Jar of grape leaves
1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
1 pound ground beef
6 cloves of garlic
1 can crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce
1/2 cup regular olive oil
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tomatoes, sliced
Juice of 1 lime or 2 tablespoons lime juice
1 container of chicken stock
Line the bottom of a pot with sliced tomatoes and sprinkle them with sliced garlic and set aside.
To prepare jarred grape leaves, rinse well under cold water. Cut off stem.
Preparing the Mixture: Rinse uncooked rice thoroughly in cold water and drain. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except stock.
Wrapping leaves – Place a leaf on a flat surface. The veins of the leaf should face up. Place a teaspoon of the mixture, filling on the bottom center of the leaf, just above the stem. Fold the bottom section up to cover the filling. Wrap tightly.
Cook – Place stuffed grape leaves in a circle and in layers in pot. Pour stock. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer over low heat for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the leaves are tender and the rice filling is cooked through. Remove from heat and let cool.
We would like to thank Nuha for sharing her personal favorite dish and we hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
Make sure to read Nuha’s take on Is he Mr. right or Mr. right now? by Hautearabia.com.