This is such a gorgeous recipe, passed down from my family but I added some twists to it to make it meat free yet very nutrient dense and high in protein. Stuffed with delicious ingredients and spices, great as a mezze or side dish! YUM!!! Great for summer or winter as it can be eaten hot / cold.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cooking Time: 30-40 Minutes


(Measurements not listed: depends on the size of leaves and quantity made) as its vegan you can taste test the mixture before wrapping it.

  • Dried or fresh vine leaves (any size is fine)
  • Eggplant
  • Pine nuts
  • Onion and garlic
  • Salt, pepper, turmeric
  • Fresh dill, coriander, parsley
  • Semi-cooked Brown rice
  • Olive oil


  • If the vine leaves have been frozen or dried then rehydrate them in boiling water until soft (3 minutes), remove the hard end of the stem with a sharp knife before wrapping.
  • Pan fry the pine nuts until slightly golden brown (no oil to be added)
  • Crush the pine nuts down into a crumbly consistency using a pestle and mortar or a tea towel and a rolling pin.
  • Peel and grate the eggplant, add a pinch of salt to avoid browning
  • Dice all of the greens, onion and garlic
  • Mix all the filling together well with the seasonings, crushed pine nuts and semi-cooked rice
  • Place the leaf into the palm of your hand and add a small amount of the mixture into the leaf and wrap well
  • Into a saucepan place some olive oil just to cover the bottom
  • Layer all the leaves into the pan and cover with a small amount of water (allowing it to steam)
  • Cover the leaves with heat proof plate and place upside down then cover with a lid
  • Leave it to simmer for 30-40 minutes; keeping the heat on low
  • Check half way through to make sure the water has not completely evaporated
  • If so then add a little bit more water and oil
  • DONE! serve and devour as you wish!



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Joyfull Mom says:

    This is fantastic! Beautiful!!! ILove all the healthy nutrition stuff! Blessing.

    Liked by 1 person

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