Making stuffed vine leaves at home while listening to some good music is up there with the most therapeutic, relaxing activities that I enjoy. These are stuffed with a spiced pearl barley flavoured with onion, garlic, nigella seeds and a few other good things - I find the pearl barley brings a great texture to this classic.


  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium brown onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and olive oil to taste
  • 30-40 vine leaves