- Stella Hanan Cohen
Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice & Fresh Herbs
Yalandji de oja de parra kon arroz
Most Sephardic meze and festive tables will include a platter of plump glistening grape leaves stuffed with rice, vibrant fresh herbs, scallions and pine nuts, cooked in olive oil with lemon and garlic. They are also known as yalandji falso, meaning ‘false’ or ‘lying’ in Ladino, as they are meatless. Served at room temperature, these bites are ideal as an appetizer or meze at a summer lunch accompanied with a yoghurt dip. Despite the stuffing and wrapping of the grape leaves, it is surprisingly easy and immensely satisfying. Rolling may take a little practice but it does make an easy healthy and vegan appetizer – many hands make light work.