How to Cook Authentic Stuffed Swiss Chard and Onions

by Maor Ezer


  • 12 Mangold leaves
  • 5 Onions
  • 2 Tomato paste
  • 2 Lemon
  • 2 Cups Rice
  • 5 Garlic cloves mashed
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 600 Grams Minced meat
  • 4 Celery sticks
  • Canola oil
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    This is an authentic dish prepared by Jewish people of Iraqi origin. A real culinary masterpiece if done correctly.

    Step 2

    We'll start with the onions

    Step 3

    Start by peeling the onions and cutting only half way through the middle. This is done so you can roll each layer later.

    Step 4

    Boil the onions for 20 minutes until they're softer

    Step 5

    Prep the meat

    Step 6

    Prepare the rice. You can cook it half way through as it will cook later longer.

    Step 7

    Add the celery

    Step 8

    Add the garlic, tomato paste, sugar, salt and lemon juice.

    Step 9

    The whole idea is a perfect balance between the lemon juice, sugar and salt

    Step 10

    Mix everything together. Don't be shy with the salt! Put more than you think.

    Step 11

    Cut the bottom white stems off the mangold leaves

    Step 12

    Place in boiling water for ten minutes to soften. I use the same water I boiled the onions in. Adds taste.

    Step 13

    Set the onions aside to cool

    Step 14

    Cover the bottom with some oil

    Step 15

    Remove layer by layer from each onion. Place a spoon full of filling and roll shut.

    Step 16

    Place in the bottom of the pan

    Step 17

    Lay out each leaf, put a couple of spoons of filling and roll up

    Step 18

    To roll, grab the sides and roll from the bottom

    Step 19

    Step 20

    Buy some spare leaves as it takes a couple of tries at first

    Step 21

    Place on top of the onions

    Step 22

    Add water, a bit of sugar, salt and one quarter lemon squeezed

    Step 23

    Simmer for an hour on the stove until the water is gone and eat!

    Step 24

    Enjoy! Don't forget to like and share!