Here's a new, healthy twist on these delicious and popular little Greek parcels made with preserved grape leaves. To boost the fibre and nutrient content, brown rice is used instead of the traditional white. The filling for the vine leaves is flavoured with garlic and fresh herbs, with a hint of sweetness from raisins and crunch from walnuts.
Brown rice has only the outer husk removed and therefore contains all the nutrients in the germ and outer layers of the grain. Raw brown rice contains 1.9 g fibre per 100 g (3½ oz) compared with 0.4 g fibre for the same weight of raw white rice. It also contains more B vitamins. * Raisins, currants and sultanas are all types of dried grapes. Although they are rich in sugars – mostly as glucose and fructos – in this recipe they are mixed with other ingredients, and so are unlikely to cause a rapid rise in blood glucose levels.
Excellent source of copper. Useful source of calcium, folate, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin C, zinc.