Savory Turkish “Dolma” — Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe
People from all around the world pleasantly eat and consume Dolmas. Dolma, which is also famous as stuffed grape leaves, dawali, and dolmades, has a lot of different variations. You can find in Mediterranean restaurants. However, instead of eating out for this healthy comfort food, you should definitely give a try. So, you must make it at home.
What are the Ingredients of Stuffed Grape Leaves?
- 1 (16-ounce) jar grape leaves
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus more for drizzling)
- 1 medium yellow onion (finely diced)
- 4 cloves garlic (finely minced)
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- A tablespoon basil
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice (long-grain, such as basmati)
- Optional: 1/2 cup pine nuts (raw)
- 8 cups vegetable broth (divided)
- 2/3 cups lemon juice (divided, plus more for drizzling)
How to Make Dolma — Stuffed Grape Leaves?
First of all, it is better to put that there are multiple steps to make this delicious food. However, we broke down the recipe into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.
- Gather the ingredients.
- Gently remove the grape leaves from their jar, then rinse each thoroughly under cold water, taking care not to rip the leaves. Pat the leaves dry and place on a cutting board.
- Using a small, sharp paring knife, remove the stems from the leaves.
- Cover with a paper towel and set aside.
- In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil, adding the onion, garlic, parsley, and basil once the oil is hot. Stir continuously until the onion is soft and fragrant, about 6 minutes.
- Add the rice and pine nuts and sauté, stirring often, for 3 to 4 minutes longer.
- Add 4 cups of the vegetable broth and bring to a low boil. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked, adding water if necessary.
- Add 1/3 cup of lemon juice, stirring well to combine, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove the pan from heat.
Role The Dolmas
- Prepare a dry, clean workspace. Place one of the grape leaves, shiny side down, flat on your work surface. Place 1 to 2 tablespoon of filling on the lower-middle portion of the leaf, right above where the stem is going to be.
- Fold in the sides of the leaves over the centre.
- Then roll the bottom of the leaf over the filling and continue to roll, holding the sides in, until you’ve rolled the dolma completely and no filling is visible.
- Place the dolma seam-side down in a large saucepan or pot big enough to fit all of the dolmas in a single layer.
- Repeat until all of the grape leaves are used, placing one dolma directly next to the other and leaving no space in between.
- Drizzle another 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the dolmas, followed by the remaining lemon juice.
- Pour the remaining 4 cups vegetable broth over the grape leaves to cover.
- Cover the pot and simmer over medium-low heat for 1 hour (do not boil). Add water as necessary to keep them covered.
- Remove the pan from heat, uncover, and let the dolmas cool in the liquid for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, gently transfer the dolmas to a serving dish. And then, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and serve at room temperature or cold.
So, enjoy your dolma and don’t forget to share your comments with us.