Warak Enab Recipe

Warak Enab is one of the popular appetizers in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt.

Warak Enab Recipe

Warak Enab Recipe

Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 servings (5 pcs each)
Calories 170 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 cups white rice uncooked
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp dried mint
  • 1 1/2 jar grape leaves


  1. Remove the grape leaves from jar or use freshly cut and soak them for 3 hours in cold water.

  2. Wash the rice with water and soak it for 1 hour.

  3. Mix the tomato, rice, parsley, coriander, pepper and lemon juice together.

  4. Fill the grape leaves with the above filling.

  5. In a saucepan, place stuffed grape leaves in layers over tomato cubes then pour lemon juice and olive oil on top.

  6. Add water and simmer it covered on low heat for about 1½ hours or until cooked.

Recipe Notes

Warak Enab is good for people with heart disease, children, pregnant and lactating women and seniors. Diabetic patient can also eat it, considering that (6 grapes leaves = 1 serving carbohydrate).

It is not recommended for babies below one year of age or for people with chewing or swallowing difficulties. It is best to be served immediately and not kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Service: Serve with salad and low fat or fat free yogurt or laban to make it more balanced and nutritious.

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