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How to Make Sarmale - A Delicious East European Dish

Updated: May 2, 2023

At Noroc Restaurant, we take great pride in serving authentic Moldovan cuisine, and one of our most beloved dishes is sarmale. Our sarmale is made with a unique recipe that has been passed down through generations, and it's the secret ingredient of love that truly sets it apart.

Our sarmale is stuffed with a mixture of ground beef and chicken, along with rice, herbs, and spices. We take great care to ensure that each ingredient is of the highest quality, as we believe that using fresh and flavorful ingredients is crucial to creating a dish that truly satisfies.

We know that food has the power to bring people together and create cherished memories. That's why we take such great care in crafting each dish, including our sarmale. We want our guests to feel like they're part of our family, which is why we share a recipe with you every Monday.


So let's cook sarmale!


  • 500g ground beef

  • 250g ground chicken

  • 1/2 cup white rice, rinsed

  • 1 tsp sweet paprika

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 30 pickled cabbage leaves

  • 2 tbsp tomato puree

  • 3 cups water

Chef Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, ground chicken, and finely chopped onion. Mix well.

  2. Add the rinsed white rice, sweet paprika, salt, black pepper, and dried herbs to the mixing bowl. Mix everything together thoroughly.

  3. Take one pickled cabbage leaf and place a tablespoon of the meat mixture on it. Fold the sides in and roll the leaf up tightly. Repeat with the remaining cabbage leaves and meat mixture.

  4. Shred a few pickled cabbage leaves and place them on the bottom of a large pan.

  5. Arrange the rolls around the pan, making sure there are no gaps between them.

  6. Mix the tomato puree with the water and pour it over the rolls, making sure they are completely covered.

  7. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on low to medium heat until the rolls are cooked through.

  8. If you want your cabbage leaves to be extra tender, you can also bake the rolls in the oven for 10-15 minutes after they are cooked.

  9. Serve hot with sour cream and enjoy the delicious flavors of Moldovan cuisine!

If you're not in the mood for cooking, know that you are always welcome to try sarmale at Noroc Restaurant. We can't wait to share this special dish with you!

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