Barley Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Herb-Ginger Sauce

Savoy Cabbage

It's not fair when a nutritious vegetable like Cabbage gets a bad rap for the stink.Did you know,cooking with aromatic spices and herbs considerably reduces the odor while cooking cabbage?.And most importantly over cooking should be avoided with cabbage.
Cabbage was never a hostile vegetable in my family,in fact the way mom used to cook the vegetables ,enriching with herbs and spices,all the strange odor was pleasantly masked.So if you have been avoiding the vegetable for this reason,try the flavorful way of cooking the cabbage,that might just change your view of the healthy vegetable.

The antioxidant rich member of cruciferous family of vegetables,Savoy cabbage, is the frilly kind of cabbage,its large outer leaves are perfect for the rolls.And the inner core is excellent for the coleslaw.

The mellow stuffing consists of wholesome barley(you could use any other whole grain - freekeh,whole millet,brown rice or broken wheat),bell peppers,onions and spices.The wilted leaves are rolled with the stuffing ,then can be steamed and drizzled with the herb-ginger sauce or cooked with the sauce,which ever method works.I for one,used the former method.

Recipe : Barley Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Herb-Ginger Sauce
12-14 large outer leaves of Green or Savoy Cabbage
1/4 teaspoon salt.

For Stuffing
2 cups barley,cooked
2 cups of bell peppers(red or green or orange or all),sliced
1 medium onion ,sliced
1 teaspoon spice mix(I used ground cumin,coriander,cinnamon and cloves)
1 clove garlic,chopped
1/2 inch ginger root,minced
1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoon canola oil

Wilt the leaves in salted boiling water for a 4-5 minutes.Drain and drop in cold water to stop any further cooking.Drain all the water.

Heat the oil on high and saute the onions and sliced peppers,for 4-5 minutes.Add the garlic,ginger,salt and rest of the spices.Cook for 2-3 minutes.Mix in the barley ,turn off the heat.

Start rolling the leaves,place about a tablespoon of filling on each leaf,roll up firmly,folding in sides to enclose filling.

Steam the rolls in a bamboo or other kind of steamer until soft 8-10 minutes.Then to serve ,drizzle with the herb-ginger sauce.

If you don't use the steamer.Pour the herb-ginger sauce over the rolls and cook in covered skillet for 8-10 minutes or bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes.

Herb-Ginger Sauce
2 cups of fresh herbs and greens(I used spinach,mint and cilantro)
1 teaspoon fresh ginger,minced
1 medium onion,finely chopped
1 hot pepper(green chilli or jalapeno),seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon spice mix(I used ground cumin,coriander,cinnamon and cloves)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon canola oil

Saute the onions in oil until lightly browned,add the spices,greens and herbs.Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes.Blend for smooth sauce.Use as directed in the above recipe.

The rolls are sent to the CWF - Whole grains : Barley event.And also the real food event,Two for Tuesdays.

In case you missed ,get more recipe ideas of Cabbage and other Cruciferous vegetables.


Cool Lassi(e) said…
Lovely barley stuffed cabbage rolls. I am craving for it now. Love the header and the new face-lift you have given to the blog. Love it dear!
love the way you used barley...Nice ...very tempting....Nice dear...
Those rolls look sooo good, especially with that luscious sauce!


Amazing looking healthy too!
Nisrine said…
mmm, so healthy and filled with a delicious stuffing. The sauce looks amazing too.
PJ said…
looks so delicious.. i love cabbage and i like your idea of stuffing it with barley.
Joanne said…
I love the sound of that herb-ginger sauce! I actually don't really mind the smell of cabbage, but I think that's because I now how good it is for me!
Anonymous said…
Delicious stuffing with barley for these rolls and the herb-ginger sauce sounds outstanding!
Kiran said…
Dear Yasmeen,these Barley stuffrd cabbage rolls look ver delicious with herb and ginger sauce.
Thank you for sending this to the barley event.
Nitha said…
Looks great.. And wonderful presentation..
Unknown said…
Yasmeen, that looks simply great !!! What a great idea :) Healthy and nutritious !!!
Suganya said…
This is wonderful.... Sounds so healthy...YUM!
Hamaree Rasoi said…
Hi Yasmeen

Loved the barley stuffed cabbage recipe. Great Pics and in great details you have explained to us.

Hamaree Rasoi
Niloufer Riyaz said…
loved the greeny greeny rolls
Umm Mymoonah said…
Looks great, nice healthy dish.
divya said…
wow..mouth watering dear..
Anonymous said…
Ca Ca Ca Cooool!
Priya Suresh said…
Droolworthy and healthy cabbage rolls, wat a beautiful stuffing..fabulous dish..
Rachana said…
Lovely cabbage rolls! The herb-ginger sauce is really interesting :-)
Unknown said…
Wonderful,the herby sauce is a delicious complement with the rolls.
Jamie said…
You are making me love the vegetable more than ever...delicious all green rolls.
Sarah said…
Such refreshing green color.Haven't seen a more beautiful recipe with cabbage =)
As far as variety of cabbage goes...this gets my vote hands down...mostly because I digest it so well. The health benefits are a great bonus too;o)
I also love stuffing these flexible leaves with all kinds of goodies. Your recipe has some really great ingredients. I'll definitely have to try making that special herb sauce;o)
BTW...It was very nice getting a visit from you so that now we can enjoy each others posts;)
Flavourful wishes, Claudia
Marylrin said…
My mom used to cook with tomato sauce.I like this ginger green sauce bet it will be equally good.
Jeannie said…
Hi! Just dropping by to say thanks for visiting and found your blog to be full of very beautiful vegetables! I love the icecreams too! Have a nice day~:D Will visit again!
lisa is cooking said…
I really like stuffed cabbage leaves, and the barley and bell pepper in these is great. Love the sauce too!
Jennifer said…
My mouth is watering. I want these for dinner!
Umm Mymoonah said…
Hi Yasmeen, I tried to send you my entry through your form, i couldn't send it, there was some error occuring, please let me know, what i have to do, waiting for your reply.
Mona said…
Yasmeen, that gorgeous cabbage looks wonderful. I love to use fresh cabbage leaves for stuffing as well, they look yumm.