Microwave the cabbage on full power for 5-7 minutes. Carefully remove the leaves, and submerge them in boiling water for 3-4 minutes. This will make it easier to wrap the cabbage rolls.
1 head savoy cabbage
Make the filling
Cook the sushi rice according to instructions on packaging. This usually takes around 10-12 minutes.
½ cup sushi rice
Heat olive oil in a large pan or skillet over a medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger, cooking for 3-4 minutes. Next, add carrots and green peas, and cook for a few minutes more, until the vegetables soften.
1 tbsp olive oil, 1 large onion, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tbsp ginger, 1 cup carrots, 1 cup green peas
Add the cooked sushi rice, soy sauce, fresh coriander and black pepper. Stir everything together.
½ cup sushi rice, 3 tbsp soy sauce, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 cup coriander
Make the sauce
Heat olive oil in a saucepan and add cumin, paprika, turmeric and and dried oregano and tomato paste. Cook over a medium heat for 2 minutes, until fragrant.
Add the tomato passata, coconut sugar, salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
1 cup tomato passata, 1 tbsp coconut sugar, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper
Assemble and bake
Preheat a conventional oven to 180 degrees C/350 F.
Lay out each cabbage leaf on a flat surface, cut around the stem, and trim off the edge. Place 3 tbsp-¼ cup of the filling on the opposite end. Roll the leaf carefully, making sure it doesn't break, and tuck in the sides as you go.
Arrange the cabbage rolls tightly in a rectangular baking dish. Add a generous layer of the tomato sauce on top, followed by vegan cheese. Cover with aluminium foil and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.
½ cup vegan cheese
Instructions for storage and freezingTo store in the fridge, transfer the cabbage rolls to an airtight container and leave in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. You can also prepare the rolls ahead of time, but bake before you're about to serve for the freshest taste.To freeze, prepare the filling and wrap the vegan cabbage rolls as instructed up to baking. Next, place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours. Next, transfer them to freezer-friendly bags and freeze for up to 2 months.When ready to bake, allow them to thaw fully in the fridge overnight, then prepare the sauce and bake according to the instructions above.