Lebanese-Style Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves

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May. 28, 2012

We have found a new favorite restaurant in Portland and it is called Ya Hala. This wonderful Lebanese Restaurant is located at 80th and Stark in SE Portland near 205. Chef Mirna Attar is a great cook and she shares a recipe with us for 'Stuffed Grape Leaves'. It really is a simple Lebanese appetizer that anyone can make at home!


Grape leaves 32 Medium , preserve
Parsley 1 Cup (16 tbs) , chopped (For the Stuffing)
Tomato 1 Cup (16 tbs) , diced (For the Stuffing)
Green onion 1 Cup (16 tbs) , chopped (For the Stuffing)
Rice 1 Cup (16 tbs) (short grain rice is best, For the Stuffing)
Allspice 1 Teaspoon (For the Stuffing)
Mint leaves 1 Teaspoon , dried (For the Stuffing)
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon (For the Stuffing)
Lemon juice 8 Tablespoon (1/2 cup, For the Stuffing)
Olive oil 8 Tablespoon (1/2 cup, For the Stuffing)
Water 2 Cup (32 tbs) (For the Broth)
Onion 1 Medium , sliced (For the Broth)



1. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Line the bottom of your sauce pan with the sliced onion.

3. Place the grape leaves on a plate shiny side down.

4. In the middle of your grape leaf, place 1 tablespoon of the stuffing mixture and spread lengthwise.

5. Fold in the sides of the grape leaf and then wrap the leaf like an eggroll.

6. Place all of the rolled grape leaves in the prepared pot with sliced garlic between each layer.

7. When done, fill the pot with water, lemon juice, and olive oil.

8. Place an upside down plate on top of the grape leaves while cooking.

9. Cook grape leaves until the broth boils; turn down the temperature and simmer for one hour. Do not cover the pot with a lid.


10. Serve hot with a side of plain yogurt.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 60 Minutes
Ready In: 60 Minutes
Servings: 12

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 169Calories from Fat 92

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g15.4%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 87 mg3.63%

Total Carbohydrates 18 g6%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 2 g

Protein 2 g4%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet