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.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 onions, minced

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked white rice

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons dried currants

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon dried mint

  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 (8 ounce) jar grape leaves, drained and rinsed

Directions

  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

207 Calories
4g Fat
39g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 207
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 847mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 190mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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