Spoilingly Delicious Vegan Stuffed Sauerkraut Rolls

I call these rolls ‘spoilingly delicious’ because once you have a bite, your taste buds will be spoiled… Click to Tweet

Fermented foods have been a staple at my house since childhood, and in case you don’t know, except for being insanely delicious (think pickles), they are also very good for you!

Sauerkraut, a form of fermented cabbage, has been popular throughout Central and Eastern Europe for hundreds of years.

Sauerkraut combines one of the healthiest foods there is (cabbage) with one of the most beneficial and time-honored food preparation methods ever used (fermentation).

According to the Institute for Integrative Medicine at the University of Witten in Germany, sauerkraut is one of the most common and oldest forms of preserving cabbage and can be traced back as an important food source to the fourth century B.C.

The Secret to Sauerkraut’s Health Benefits: Fermentation

What is it that’s so special about fermented vegetables and foods? Fermentation simply refers to an ancient technique and perseveration method that naturally alters the chemistry of foods. Similar to cultured dairy products like yogurt and kefir, sauerkraut’s fermentation process produces beneficial probiotics that are now linked to improvements in immune, cognitive, digestive and endocrine function.

People have been using fermentation to preserve valuable vegetables and other perishable foods for long periods without the use of modern-day refrigerators, freezers or canning machines. Fermentation is the metabolic process of converting carbohydrates, like sugars, into either alcohols and carbon dioxide, or organic acids. It requires the presence of a carbohydrate source (like milk or vegetables, which contain sugar molecules) plus yeast, bacteria or both. The yeast and bacteria microorganisms are responsible for converting glucose (sugar) into healthy bacteria strains that populate your gut environment and help regulate many bodily functions.

We need a whole different article to go into the benefits of fermented foods, but this is enough for you to know this recipe is not simply insanely delicious! It is very healthy for you too!

Spoilingly Delicious Stuffed Sauerkraut Rolls

You’ll also love Sublime Mushroom-Stuffed Vegan Potato Cakes

This is what you will need:

  • 15 medium-sized sauerkraut leaves
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 red onion head
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup rice
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Black pepper
  • 4 more tablespoons cooking oil

Preparation instructions

Wash and drain the sauerkraut leaves

Cut the onion and carrot into small pieces and fry in the heated oil until onion turns gold. (I personally never fry with oil alone, I mix it with some water for a healthier alternative to frying)

Pour the rice and fry while constantly mixing the mixture for about 10 mins.

Add the walnuts, raisins and spices and keep mixing.

Pour 1 cup of water into the mixture and cook until the rice absorbs it all.

Put 1 full tablespoon of the mixture into each cabbage leave, wrapping it up.

Arrange in a deep clay or glass pot with a lid. Preferably cover the bottom of the pot with some more cabbage leaves.

Pour 3 more cups of water and the additional oil and put in the oven, covered with the lid.

Bake for about 1 hour at medium heat.

Enjoy!

Also try this Unbelievably Easy But Delicious Vegan Potato Tortilla

 

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