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Dolmas recipe

Dolmas recipe

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  • Meat and poultry
  • Beef
  • Beef mince

This is a family recipe for my favourite Mediterranean dish! A tasty mixture of rice, minced beef, parsley and spices is used to stuff vine leaves. Quite simple to make, it just takes a bit of time to roll the dolmas!

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IngredientsServes: 12

  • 550g uncooked white rice
  • 450g minced beef
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 potato, sliced into rounds
  • 1 (500g) jar vine leaves, drained and rinsed
  • 250ml passata
  • 475ml water, or as needed

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:1hr ›Ready in:1hr30min

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the uncooked rice, minced beef, parsley, allspice, pepper and curry powder until well blended.
  2. Pour oil into the bottom of a large pot, and spread to cover. Make a layer of potato slices to cover the bottom of the pan. The dolmas should not be able to touch the bottom of the pan.
  3. Lay the grape leaves out flat on a cutting board. Place about a tablespoon of the beef mixture in the centre of one leaf. Fold sides in towards the centre, then roll up from the bottom loosely. Set in the pot seam side down. Repeat with the remaining mixture and leaves. For large leaves, you may cut them in half at the centre vein. Place a heavy heat-proof dinner plate on top of the dolma to keep them from unraveling. The cooking pot should be about 2/3 full.
  4. Pour passata and water over the dolmas. The liquid should cover them by at least an inch. Adjust the amount of water if necessary. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until all liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender.

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Reviews in English (17)

by Inji-from Melbourne

Isnt it amazing how countries adopt each others recipes?This is a very old Turkish recipe. The word DOLMA is a Turkish word meaning TO FILL or FILLING. The Southern Turkish way of cooking this is, before taking it off the stove, mix the juice of 1 lemon, 2 crushed cloves of garlic, and dried mint and pour over the stuffed dolma's(lift the plate off ofcourse) and gently simmer for about 2 more minutes. Dolma can also be prepared using the same ingredients but with cabbage leaves or hollowed out marrow. My favourite is the stuffed very small capsicums, usually found in Turkish or Middle Eastern grocery stores. I hope you enjoy this recipe as my family always does.TIP: Turkish people also serve this meal with garlick yoghurt (Mix a little crushed garlick with plain yoghurt).-21 Nov 2006

by Crazy

This traditional Turkish recipe (dolma = filling in Turkish) can be prepared in many different ways. It can be really time consuming to prepare the dolma rolls if this is your first few times. In Turkey people use a very simple $2 tool that can roll it perfectly in just a few seconds. Dolma can also be prepared using the same ingredients but with cabbage leaves. Or you can stuff tomatoes or baby-capsicums and oven bake them in the sauce (make sure they don't dry). If you like to try different tastes you can add baby sultanas or blackpepper seeds into the mixture. You can give it a try.-13 Nov 2005

by Elnara B.

In Azerbaijan Republic we use mutton instead of beef. Beef is pretty much teasteless and dry. Use mutton instead, it's a very delicious meal on the table of every family in Azerbaijan. Don't bother with tomatoes and tomatoe sauce. This is the first time I hear of someone using it, probably made up. For 1 pound of mutton, use 1 cup of rice only. Otherwise it will kill the teaste of meat. When everything is ready to be placed on the bottom of the dish you cooking in, place a plate on top and press it down. Then pour 3 cups of water. By the time it starts to simmer, remove the plate, but carefully as it's hot. If you can find fresh grape leaves that's even better. Boil them in water and use as described. Canned is fine too but the taste is not as good once cooked.-29 Mar 2007

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