Friday, 6 July 2012

Golubsky - Russian Cabbage Roll

Golubsky - Russian Cabbage Roll

This Russian dish is an wonderful addition which can be easily cooked in any Indian kitchen. For Indian palate and food restrictions I have used minced Mutton instead of Beef or pork mince, which are commonly used. So anyone who feels can alter it with any other mince, as per their choice.

Preparation time : 30 minutes
Cooking time      : 1 hour
Difficulty            : Medium - Hard
Serves                 : 4 - 6

Ingredients :

  • 12 Cabbage leaves
  • 400 grams Mutton Minced
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Carrots, finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tomatoes, seeded and chopped.
  • 2 tablespoon Tomato Ketchup
  • 500 mils Vegetable stock or Stock powder melted in hot water
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper powder, to taste
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika (this can be replaced with Mirch powder)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (If you don't get this, please don't panic... Hang curd in cheese cloth for an hour to drain away all the liquid, add plain cream, which are available in tetrapaks in all big stores, your sour cream is ready)

Method :

We will cook this in two parts. First will be the Cabbage Rolls and then the sauce.

1) Bring a large kettle of water to a boil. Separate cabbage leaves from cabbage head. Drop cabbage leaves into rapidly boiling water for 1-2 minutes, only enough to make them pliable. Drain.
2) Dry the leaves individually with paper towels and put them vein side up on a thick board. Now slowly roll the individual leaves with a rolling pin to make them easier to fold. Set aside.

3) In a Non stick skillet heat 1/2 the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and  saute onion, and garlic in the butter for 2 minutes. Now add the Minced Mutton and cook for about 10 minutes.

4)Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and stir in the carrots, egg, rice, paprika and seasoning.
5)Divide mixture into 12 portions. Add one portion to the centre of each cabbage leaf and roll-up, folding the sides in. Tie them up with a thread. This is to ensure that they don't open up in between the cooking process.

6) Place side by side in the same heavy skillet, adding remaining butter.
7) Brown on each side, turning once, while being careful not to unroll the bundles. Cover, reduce heat to very low, and cook for 30-40 minutes.

8)Transfer to serving platter, keeping warm.


2  Tomatoes seeded and chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tablespoon tomato Ketchup
2/3 cup sour cream
Pour chopped tomatoes and paste into remaining juices in a medium hot pan, simmer and cover for 3 minutes, open and stir until smooth. Add sour cream and blend in well. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding salt and pepper, as desired.
Pour sauce over cabbage rolls.

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