Are you scouring the net for a cool way to use excess cabbage? We've got a great new recipe for you! Lebanese stuffed cabbage rolls, also known as Malfouf Mahshi. It's rare we ever go to a Lebanese restaurant and don't order a few of these delicate treats. So we thought: let's add it to Foodaciously, and let's make it vegan while we're at it!
Malfouf Mahshi, which translates to "stuffed cabbage (rolls)", is a simple dish famous throughout the Levantine and Middle-Eastern regions. The recipe differs here and there, but it most often consists of steamed or boiled cabbage leaves rolled around a filling of rice, spices, and red meat.
Although scrumptiously delicious, traditional malfouf mahshi is not fully plant-based. Here's where we come in! We made these Lebanese stuffed cabbage rolls fully vegan by making a few subtle modifications to the classic recipe. The goal? Keep these rolls just as good as the classic ones, but healthier, fully plant-based, and just as nutritious.
We believe it's important when designing vegan recipes to emulate not just the flavour of the classic dish but also its nutritional profile. That's why we always strive to replace meat with an alternative plant-based source of proteins and nutrients. In these veggie cabbage rolls, we replaced red meat with brown lentils. Not only are lentils a common ingredient in Levantine cuisine, but they are also an excellent source of iron and proteins! The good stuff.
Here's another cool thing we discovered when testing out this recipe. As you'll see in the steps below, we have boiled the cabbage rolls in a big pot and then served them with a spicy tomato sauce. But we made so many we couldn't possibly finish them all in a single day. So the next day, we grilled the remaining rolls in the oven, with the sauce and everything else, and were blown away by the result! The rolls got crispy outside but stayed soft and juicy inside. Honestly delicious. Try this out!
Anyway, we think you'll love this recipe. And if you value health as much as flavour, as we do, then you'll be happy to hear that a portion of these vegan malfouf mahshi has 169 calories, 24% RDI of fibres, and only 6% RDI of fats. Happy cooking!