Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stuffed Turnip Greens


I had no clue about the taste of Turnip greens when Mr.Health nut first bought them.I read these can be bitter.Meedo's Stuffed Grape leaves(ever so popular Middle Eastern appetizer) was in my mind for so long,the turnip greens turned out to be a good substitute for the grape leaves.


These bundles of healthy greens were pleasantly bitter.Makes a perfect start of a meal and so good for snacking.The flavors of spices and vegetables dominate over the mild bitterness of the greens.One can also use other large leafy greens like chard or collard.

Recipe : Stuffed Turnip Greens adapted from Arabic Bites - Stuffed Grape Leaves

Ingredients
12-14 medium Turnip greens(could also use collard or chard)
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
pinch of salt.
1 Tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil.
1 cup hot water

For Filling:
2 cups brown or white rice or bulgur wheat,cooked
2 teaspoons dried or fresh mint,chopped.
2 teaspoons dried or fresh parsley,chopped.
1 teaspoon spice mix(I used ground cumin,coriander,cinnamon and cloves)
1/4 teaspoon hot chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup tomatoes,finely chopped
1/2 cup vegetables like grated carrots or green onions or broccoli,finely chopped.

Method
Wilt the greens in boiling water for a minute.Drain and drop in cold water to stop any further cooking.Drain all the water.
Mix all the filling ingredients.Place about a tablespoon of filling on each
leaf,roll up firmly,folding in sides to enclose filling.
Lay the rolled leaves on a baking pan or a heavy pan.Pour over combined lemon juice,oil,salt and hot water.
Bake at 350 F oven for 10-15 minutes or Simmer,covered,over low heat about 15-20 minutes.

Serve warm with spicy tomato sauce.

Health nut Challenge 4 : Bitter Better Health.Please send your entries before March 10th.Thank you.

38 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A very good idea! Original and tasty!

Cheers,

Rosa

Asha said...

Wonderful looking dish. Healthy too and stuffed with somany veggies, I bet it tastes great too.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Looks wonderful and innovative!

simply.food said...

Very innovative and beautiful click.

Trendsetters said...

I love stuffed grape leaves...This is a nice substitute

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looks very Greek-ish. Nice to know that turnip greens can be an excellent substitute for grape leaves. Great clicks!

Priya said...

Wow such a tempting and delicious stuffed turnip greens, looks fantastic Yas..

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!!! A very innovative idea, looks absolutely yumm:)

Nithu Bala said...

Looks delicious..Wonderful click dear :-)

CAHİDE said...

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Raje said...

I have tried a rice dish with turnip greens. This seems like a great idea for an appetizer.

Gita said...

I used turnip greens in regular dhals....these stuffed greens sounds and looks delicious...love the stuffing you have used here :)

PJ said...

wow, this is such a unique and wonderful recipe! Turnip leaves must make for a very good substitute for hard to find grape leaves. thanks for sharing!

shahana said...

New to me.But looks really tempting.Nice pictures!!

Joanne said...

I really love teh stuffing you put in these! Never had turnip leaves...but now I'm going to hunt them down.

Prathibha said...

Looks very healthy and sounds very interesting..never had those greens

sowmya.s said...

so healthy and looks delicious..

Akal's Saappadu said...

Stuffed Turnip Greens looks absolutely gorgeous and specially healthy and well balanced!!! lovely recipe!!!

SE said...

these looks absolutely gorgeous..i;ve been thinking to get some grape leaves..but i think will make use of collard greens !!

tasteofbeirut said...

Yasmeen
What a great idea! I usually pick chard leaves but I will use these too also!

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Jyoti V said...

Lovely dish dear..

Wandering Chopsticks said...

What a neat idea! I've never thought of using them like grape leaves. I usually just chop them up and saute them.

Shama Nagarajan said...

wonderful idea dear..great recipe

Swathi said...

Yasmeen,

Stuffed Turnip Greens is good idea. I have tried the Stuffed grape leaves.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

This reminds me of the dish that I learnt from my neighbor, but the wrap was grape leaf, soaked in vinegar!!! Looks very yummy and comforting!!!

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Tasty Eats At Home said...

These look so lovely. I love turnip greens. Yum.

Siddhi S said...

hi Yasmeen...this is my first visit to ur blog...u hv a lovely blog with awesome recipes...this stuffed turnip greens luks very very tempting, nice innovative recipe, vl taste superb with that stuffing, lovely stuffing...thse okra fries also r very invitng...Hey i am following u so that i can track all ur future recipes and visit them n comment.

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redkathy said...

Oh I so enjoy grrens. These look nice and spicy, that's my kind of meal!

Anonymous said...

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Arabic Bites said...

Gorgeous photos Yasmeen :)
very well done... the turnip greens sound very delicious..will try that :)
Try it with cabbage too I'm sure you'll love it .. I'm totally addict to stuffed cabbage :D

Enjoy your day :)

Cham said...

The pic is very appetizing! I never tasted the grape leaves and even turnip greens!

Parita said...

Something very new to me..healthy and delicious looking pics!

nazarina said...

Ooooh I love turnips! So you betcha that I would adore this dish of stuffed greens! A very healthy recipe
indeed.

? said...

Good recipe and snapshots; it might go really well as a subsitute for southern bitter green dish.

Kerstin said...

What a creative idea - they look so tasty and healthy!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

You have packed and rolled perfect! Looks fantastic!

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