How to make 'balandeliai' or Lithuanian cabbage wraps

A few days ago I had a chat with some of my friends on facebook and they told me that they had no idea how to make some traditional Lithuanian dishes. So I couldn't help but just make a quick photo lesson ( Hey, I'm a teacher anyway!) to show how to make my favourite Lithuanian dish 'Balandeliai' or just cabbage wraps with meat and rice. So here we go...

What we need:

1 cabbage
300 of chicken breast ( you can also use turkey, pork or beef)
200 gr of rice
1 onion ( this time I used red onion and some spring onions as that was all I had at home!)
1 carrot
salt and pepper
1 egg
a lot of dill and parsley ( you can also use dried dill or parsley)
2 bay leaves
2 cloves of garlic

for serving some tomato paste or sour cream and boiled potatoes
What we have to do:
1. Take a cabbage, remove any damaged leaves ( if there are any) and cut out the core. Put it in a big pot and pour cold water to cover it. Put in on your cooker and bring it to boil and cook for 10 minutes. Then take a knife and cut the leaves from the stem.

2.While the cabbage is cooking, take the ground meat, add chopped onion, washed rice, herbs, salt and pepper, 1 egg. Mix it well together.
3. Time to make the wraps! Take one cabbage leaf, cut out the hard part of the leaf as in photo 1. Add a tablespoon of meat and rice mix and wrap it up ( look at the photos). Repeat the same with all the other cabbage leaves.
4. Take a pot, put some carrot and some cabbage leftovers on the bottom and place all the cabbage wraps. Then again put some more carrot and cabbage on the top, add bay leaves, 2 cloves of garlic and pour over a lot of water. It should cover the wraps completely!
5. Bring the pot to boil and cook for 30-40 minutes. At the very end you can put some tomato sauce or serve the cabbage wraps with tomato sauce and sour cream, and boiled potatoes with some dill ( I said I love dill, didn't I?). Enjoy!!!

By the way, Happy 1st Birthday, handsome Lucas!!!


  1. These sound wonderful. I never had chicken with cabbage. I'll have to give these a try.


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