Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

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"The spices may seem like a strange combination, but this is a wonderful, delicate traditional Turkish dish with a twist. Serve chilled, as is traditional, or warm, as desired. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over dolmas before serving."

Ingredients 1 h 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 207 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 207 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 3.8 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 39.1g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 5.3 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 847 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Saute onions until tender. Stir in rice and hot water to cover. Cover and simmer until rice is half cooked, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in tomato paste, currants, pine nuts, cinnamon, mint leaves, dill weed, allspice and cumin. Let mixture cool.
  3. Prepare a large pot by placing an inverted plate on the bottom; this protects the dolmas from direct heat when steaming.
  4. Rinse grape leaves in warm water; drain and cut off any stems. Place about 1 teaspoon of the cooled rice mixture in the center of a leaf. Fold in the sides and then roll into a cigar shape. Place in prepared pot. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  5. Pour in just enough warm water to reach the bottom of the first layer of dolmas. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 to 45 minutes, or until rice is totally cooked. Check the water level often and add more as necessary.
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  1. 33 Ratings


Perhapes some might find this suggestion sacralicous, but I use brown rice and cook if fully. Then I cook the oinion and mix it with the seasonings and add it all to the rice. Then the grapeleaves are ready for stuffing. These alterations to the recipe save A LOT of time and make it a little healthier (Brown rice has a little more body anyway.)


First Dinner Party in new house, and SO's 30th birthday. A doubly special event. Had one vegetarian guest. She had tried to make Dolmas herself, but never turned out this good! They were a big hit. Another guest that will not eat ANYTHING green, was spotted picking the stuffing out of the leaves! Could not find any currants, so left them out. Was told later that I could have used white grape raisins (so try that if you too have trouble finding currants) Prepared stuffing and rolled dolmas the night before. I had never worked with grape leaves. First, I thought I could just pull them out one at a time (like a can of baby wipes) but finally figured out that you had to work the whole bundle out of the jar, then unroll it. Also, I thought I would have plenty of extra leaves because it was a jar of 50, but as it turns out there were many that had holes in them, or were badly torn and not useable (so buy plenty extra!). I served them hot out of the steamer. I used a electric steamer for 45 mins, separating the layers of the dolmas with a little parchment paper (in hindsight, not sure if that was necessary as they did not seem to stick to each other or the steamer at all) I did not do the lemon juice thing, because when I have them at Greek restaurants I always think they have just a bit too much 'tang'. It was awesome, easy, and quite the crowd pleaser (as noted by other reviewers). Highly recommend it, A+++++


I made this recipe this weekend for a very large potluck (~50 people). The reviews were tremendous, whether from the few people who had had dolmas before or the vast majority utterly unfamiliar with them. I am providing the recipe (actually, a link to it) to probably 10 people. (Another half dozen people took the left-overs home.) Although this is not a typical American party food, I highly recommend it for that very purpose. It was surprisingly easy to make, well-appreciated by both the meat-eaters and vegetarians in the crowd, and offered a novel diversion from the "typical" potluck food. Although the ingredients sound hard to find, all were available at my local grocery store (Thriftway)--I actually tried Trader Joes first, but they didn't have grape leaves or dried currants.