Monday, September 7, 2009

Cabbage and Rice

Veg by ng @ Whats for Dinner?

I had a half head of cabbage in need of cooking and we haven't had rice and a few days. So I decided to make Kalam-Polow or cabbage and rice. Normally this would be made with some ground beef or lamb, but tonight I used lentils and leftover roast beef. Also forgot to buy onions so I'm using leeks. Since my husband isn't going to believe this hybrid is Iranian I figured why not add an apple too! So Kalam-Polow meets Himmel und Erde (Haven and Earth) is what's for dinner.

1 cups basmati rice, soaked for at least two hours with salt
1/2 cup brown lentils in a pot with 2 cups boiling water pored over, dash salt covered. They need to sit until soften (30min+) drain excess water.

Brown the following with the lentils:
1/2 small head green cabbage finely chopped.
1 leek finely chopped 1 portabella mushroom
1/4 cup beef
2 Tbs tomato paste
1 Tbs tomato juice
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp oil

Take off the heat and add a thinly sliced apple.

Potato in a pan by ng @ Whats for Dinner?

Thinly slice a potato and line the bottom a rice maker or pot with oil and potato.

Drain soaked rice and bring a big pot of water to boil. Add rice and boil until aledenta about 5 min. Drain the rice and rinse. Layer 1/3 of the rice on top of the potatoes then 1/2 of the cabbage lentil and repeat ending with rice. With the end of a wooden spoon make five steam wholes in the rice. Just stick the spoon in the rice! Put 1 tsp oil over the top. Wrap a clean kitchen towel around the lid of the rice maker or pot and pop on top. Steam the rice for 30 min. I have a non-stick rice maker so my rice comes out like one nice cake. When using a pot use a non-stick one, or make life easy and just make normal rice and put the cabbage on top!!!

Cabbage and Rice Cake by ng @ Whats for Dinner?

Here is my lovely cake of rice! Smelled so good and was well worth the effort!

Cabbage and Rice with a Salad by ng @ Whats for Dinner?


  1. This is so yummy! Thank you for making it for me!!!

  2. OK this one looks fantastic, and I will try it very soon

  3. If you make it use bread on the bottom on the pot, but I could never get the rice to come out of your pan in one big cake. Why don't you just try to make nice rice. 2 cups rice, 2 cups water, oil, salt. But don't guess the rice and water!!!


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