This is an authentic dish prepared by Jewish people of Iraqi origin. A real culinary masterpiece if done correctly.
We'll start with the onions
Start by peeling the onions and cutting only half way through the middle. This is done so you can roll each layer later.
Boil the onions for 20 minutes until they're softer
Prep the meat
Prepare the rice. You can cook it half way through as it will cook later longer.
Add the celery
Add the garlic, tomato paste, sugar, salt and lemon juice.
The whole idea is a perfect balance between the lemon juice, sugar and salt
Mix everything together. Don't be shy with the salt! Put more than you think.
Cut the bottom white stems off the mangold leaves
Place in boiling water for ten minutes to soften. I use the same water I boiled the onions in. Adds taste.
Set the onions aside to cool
Cover the bottom with some oil
Remove layer by layer from each onion. Place a spoon full of filling and roll shut.
Place in the bottom of the pan
Lay out each leaf, put a couple of spoons of filling and roll up
To roll, grab the sides and roll from the bottom
Buy some spare leaves as it takes a couple of tries at first
Place on top of the onions
Add water, a bit of sugar, salt and one quarter lemon squeezed
Simmer for an hour on the stove until the water is gone and eat!
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