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Dolmas - Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe

Dolmas or dolmades are very versatile; they can be eaten cold or warm. Traditionally dolmas containing meat are eaten warm with a yogurt sauce that is lightly flavored with garlic. Rice filled dolmas are served cold with a drizzling of lemon juice and olive oil. Dolmas usually have a combination of spices that are both savory and aromatic, a culinary practice of Arab origins.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword dolmades, dolmas, grape leaves, mediterranean, mezze, stuffed
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 40
Calories 73 kcal


  • 8 oz grape leaves 1 jar, preserved grape leaves
  • 1 ½ cups rice white, cooked
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion medium, diced
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • ¼ c currants dried
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 1 Tbsp mint fresh, chopped
  • ½ c parsley fresh, chopped
  • ¾ c water


  • c olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed


  1. Make rice according to package instructions. Cool to room temperature before using.

  2. To make the sauce: Mix olive oil, sugar and lemon.
  3. In a bowl place cooked rice, currants, mint, parsley, and allspice. Mix well.
  4. In a small skillet saute the onions and pine nuts in the olive oil until onions are translucent. Remove from skillet and add to rice mixture. Mix well.
  5. Rinse grape leaves and pat dry.
  6. Place leaf flat on a large cutting board.
  7. Place a heaping teaspoon of the rice mixture near the bottom of the leaf.
  8. Fold the bottom of the leaf over the rice, and bring the sides inwards following the guide you created.
  9. Roll tightly to form a cigar shape.
  10. Place seam side down in a skillet lined with the grape leaves.
  11. Pour olive oil sauce mixture and water over the dolmas, and weigh down with a plate.

  12. Cover and cook on low for about 50 minutes.

  13. Allow dolmas to cool in the pan.
  14. Transfer to a serving platter and refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Dolmas - Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 73 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 1625IU33%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.