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Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

by Helene Dsouza on February 15, 2013

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Looks like I am in a cabbage mood these days… Last Sunday we had the Spicy red Cabbage Quiche and today’s day is all about Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Although, when thinking of a plain cabbage head I don’t feel that tempted to nibble on some veggie treats. But, a complete little dish with a cabbage leaf wrapped around a wholesome potato, carrot and broccoli stuffing, might just be the current thing !

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This recipe was inspired from a cookbook. Yes I got some cookbooks in the last few weeks, and then too some essential ones. My German friend had send me a neat Bavarian Cookbook! Many of the dishes in there are not new to my taste buds, in fact the Bavarian & Tyrolean Alpine cuisines, have many similar elements. The traditional dishes such as Semmelknödel (Bread dumplings), Sauerkraut and Trout with Butter Parsley Potatoes are present in our midst and across the border.

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In this little Bavarian cookbook I discovered something I hadn’t had in a while, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. In some of the German dialects it is better known as Krautwickerl and apparently this is a common dish in the rest of eastern Europe too. Here is a list of names and variations, so as you can see it’s a common loved meal by everyone!

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls #stepbystep #recipe

This particular stuffed Cabbage Roll was full on veg! Imagine my excitement, simply because our daily menus in central Europe are mostly dominated by meat. Not that I am against meat, I love it and some of the delicious posts on this page proof my “addiction” for the red flesh, but sometimes its nice to just go veg for a meal or two. You know what I mean?

So I followed the recipe and cooked the meal. Then I did it again and now its part of our home menu, however over time I changed an ingredient or two, manipulated the seasoning, and tweaked some grams here and there, so to come up with a new healthy stuffed Veg Cabbage Roll. I mentioned healthy because I dared to throw in Turmeric powder once again and as you might know already it is an excellent Antioxidant. Here for more Turmeric health benefits.

Further I have added some green Broccoli to the stuffing so to give the dish some more value and flavor texture. I found a new good broccoli source here in Goa, therefore you might see more broccoli recipes in the future! The Vegetarian stuffed Cabbage Rolls come with a creamy salmon colored sauce, which is easily made at the last stage of this recipe.

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Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe
Recipe type: Main Veg
Cuisine: Fusion
Serves: 6 Servings
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For the Rolls and Sauce:
  • 4 small Potatoes
  • 1 small Carrot
  • 60 gram Broccoli
  • 2 medium Onions
  • 5 Garlic cloves
  • 120 milliliter Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • ½ Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • pinch Nutmeg
  • pinch Salt
  • pinch Pepper
  • 6 big Cabbage leafs + 6 small Cabbage leafs or 9 big Cabbage leafs (3 will be cut into half)
  • 180 mililiter Veg stock
  • 150 mililiter Heavy Cream
  • 100 mililiter Tomato Paste
  • garnish with chopped Parsley
You will need too...
  • Kitchen thread to parcel
  1. Start by peeling your potatoes and cut them into small dice. Place them into a pot, cover with water and cook the Potatoes soft. That should take about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Peel the Carrot and dice it. Cute the Broccoli into smaller pieces. Place both cut veggies into a pot, cover with water and cook until the veggies are al dente, approx. 8-12 minutes.
  3. Peel the Onion and Garlic and chop. Fry with some oil for a short time and keep aside.
  4. Drain your potatoes and add the milk and Butter to the pot. Heat up the pan and mash the whole content well.
  5. Strain the Broccoli and Carrot and save the remaining veg stock from the veggies. We will need it later for the sauce.
  6. Add the Broccoli & Carrots to the mash, season it with Turmeric Powder, Nutmeg, Salt and Pepper and throw in half amount of the previously fried Garlic and Onion (the other half will be required for the sauce). Mix the stuffing well!
  7. Add some water to a pot, heat it up and place the cabbage leafs into the water. Allow them to cook for 8 minutes. Take them out of the water once they are soft and cool them shortly under cold water.
  8. Place one big cabbage leaf on your working space and place a small cabbage leaf or half of a big leaf on top. Add 1-2 Tablespoons full of stuffing into the center.
  9. Now wrap by pulling the side leaf parts into the center. Then gently fold it in on top and down as well. Keep on holding it together!
  10. Take a kitchen thread to hand (about 60 centimeter long). Hold on your roll parcel and turn it top side down. Take the string underneath the parcel and take it back up, lock the two strings and take the string lengthwise, turn the parcel and lock again the 2 strings with each other. Come back towards the other side and make a knot. It's just like parceling a gift!
  11. Then place the parcels into the pan and fry on one side first, turn and fry the other side so that it gets some color.
  12. Take the rolls out once finished fried and place the previously fried onion and garlic into the pan. Add the left over veg stock from earlier (about 180 milliliters), the Heavy Cream, the Tomato Paste and season a bit with Salt and Pepper. Cook for a few minutes.
  13. Serve the Veg Rolls hot topped with the sauce and some Parsley.


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I am Helene, the author behind Masala Herb! My aim is to show you an incredible world full of surprises. Food, Culture and Travel are my forte and that's what I enjoy. Follow my Food and Travel adventures and learn some incredible things! Now in the beautifull Indian coastline state, Goa.

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Helene, beautiful presentation, and mouthwatering recipe!! I love the rolls. I love cabbage in all forms, and this looks fabulous. I am bookmarking it.



These look good–and a lot healthier than the meat-filled ones. Yours are so much tidier than mine were the last time I made them.



Hi Helene – I just love how beautiful the stuffing to the cabbage roll looks! It’s a perfect example of why veg-only food gets a bad rap, and why it really shouldn’t. It’s as if, as soon as people remove meat from a meal sometimes they completely forget about the existence of herbs and spices and they end up eating something devoid of flavour and then declare that “vegetarian food sucks!!”. This looks tasty: full of texture and colour, and most importantly of all… flavour!


Vicki Bensinger

My aunt use to make the best cabbage rolls. I could just gobble them up. I don’t think I’ve had them since the 80s. Hers were stuffed with ground beef, however, your vegetarian version sounds delicious and the sauce looks amazing! Now I’m tempted to make these. Nice recipe!



I like your stuffing combination.

I am not sure why people don’t like cabbage – it is such a nice sturdy food and you can do so much with it.



I’ve had plenty of cabbage rolls stuffed with meat, but very, very few stuffed with veggies. These look wonderful! And I really like the turmeric you added – I know how healthy it is, but really don’t use it as often as I should. These look great – thanks so much.



Hi, I love your cabbage rolls. Actually we – in the Middle East – stuff cabbage with a special mixture of rice and herbs it is called Mahshee :). Thanks for your recipe and BTW : your pictures are very mouthwatering.



I pinned this and shared it on FB the other day, I fell in love with your recipe right away. I like meat, especially venison, but honestly, I am not a huge meat lover. I crave vegetarian dishes, and sometimes just order side dishes that exclude meat. Your recipe really sounds delicious, and fun to make:-) Hugs, Terra


Meera Jakatdar

Sounds delicious,being a vegetarian I am definitely going to try this recipe. Only the parcel making seems difficult.


Helene Dsouza

Hi Meera! Trust me it just looks difficult with the parcel. Once you try it out you will see that it’s easy. It’s just like tying up a gift. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask, I ll be happy to assist you. =)



These look so delicious! I love vege stuffed cabbage rolls! I can’t wait to try this version!
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