Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Kelem / Kələm Dolması (Azerbaijan Stuffed Cabbage) آذربائجان بھرواں بند گوبھی / کیلم

Kelem is the National dish of Azerbaijan. It is very taste and tangy. Cabbage is filled with minced meat and then steamed.

Kelem Azerbaijani

  • Minced Chicken  1/2 kg
  • oil 1 tablespoon
  • Onion chopped 1
  • Tomatoes chopped 2
  • Rice soaked in little water 1/4 cup
  • Butter  2 tablespoon
  • Fresh Dill leaves chopped 2 tablespoon
  • Fresh Coriander leaves  2 tablespoon
  • Fresh Mint leaves chopped 1 tablespoon
  • Green Chillies chopped 2
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper cutter 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cabbage large size 2
  • Tomato paste or Ketchup  2-3 tablespoon

Preparation of Stuffing:

  • Saute onion in butter and oil.
  • Add tomatoes and spices and cook on medium heat till chicken is tender.
  • Now add green chillies fresh mint, dill and coriander leaves and also add rice.
  • Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Keep aside.

Preparation of Cabbage leaves:

  • Now prepare cabbage leaves, remove cabbage leaves carefully, one by one.
  • Boil water in a pan, add cabbage leaves in boiling water in portions of 3-4.
  • Boil for 3-4 minutes to soften and remove in a strainer/sieves to remove excess water.
  • Cool the leaves.

  • Now put 1-2 teaspoon of prepared minced chicken on each prepared cabbage leaves and fold.

  • Now in an another pan, place remaining cabbage leaves at bottom and place in layers filled cabbage leaves over it.
  • Sprinkle tomato paste/Ketchup on top. 
  • Put  this pan on flame/burner and cook/steam on simmering heat.
  • Delicious Kelem is ready to serve.