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Tender Vine-Wrapped Treasures: Exquisite Dolma Delight


About the Dish:

Dolma is a traditional Middle Eastern dish consisting of vegetables stuffed with a flavorful mixture of rice, ground meat, onions, herbs, and spices. The dish is popular in various countries including Turkey, Greece, Armenia, and Iran. It is typically served as an appetizer or main dish and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 10g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 500mg
Total Carbohydrates 30g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Protein 15g


Ingredient Quantity
Grape Leaves 30 leaves
Ground Beef 500g
Onion 1 large, diced
Long Grain Rice 1 cup
Tomato Paste 2 tablespoons
Parsley 1/2 cup, chopped
Mint 1/4 cup, chopped
Garlic 3 cloves, minced
Lemon Juice 1/4 cup
Olive Oil 1/4 cup
Salt To taste
Black Pepper To taste

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Prepare the stuffing mixture by combining the ground beef, diced onion, rice, tomato paste, parsley, mint, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.
  • Step 2: Rinse the grape leaves under cold water and remove any stems. Place the leaves in a pot of boiling water and blanch them for 2 minutes. Remove the leaves from the water and drain.
  • Step 3: Take a grape leaf and place a spoonful of the stuffing mixture in the center. Fold the sides of the leaf over the filling and roll it up tightly. Repeat this process with the remaining grape leaves and stuffing mixture.
  • Step 4: Place the dolmas in a large pot, seam side down, in a single layer. Add enough water to cover the dolmas and place a heat-proof plate on top to keep them from floating. Cover the pot and simmer for 45-60 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the dolmas are tender.
  • Step 5: Remove the dolmas from the pot and let them cool for a few minutes before serving. They can be served warm or cold, and can be enjoyed on their own or with a side of yogurt or tzatziki sauce.

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