Middle Eastern Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage

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  1. Bring 2 cups of water to boil, adding the rice and turmeric.
  2. Return to a boil, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
  3. Cook the lentils in 3 cups of boiling water until soft.
  4. Saute the onion, pepper, and garlic in olive oil.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the sauteed vegetables, rice, lentils, almonds and raisins.
  6. Fill each cabbage leaf with about ½ to ¾ cup filling, beginning at the thick end of the leaf.
  7. Begin to fold this over, folding the edges in as you go to make a neat roll.
  8. Place the rolls in one or two casseroles, covering with the sauce.
  9. To prepare the sauce, combine the tomatoes, vinegar, basil and cinnamon in a large saucepan.
  10. Adjust the cinnamon/basil mix until it"s hard to taste either seasoning alone, and then add the salt and pepper.
  11. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  12. Bake the cabbage rolls covered at 350°F, 45 – 60 minutes.