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Stuffed Grape Leaves

Stuffed Grape Leaves, known as "Dolmas" in Greek and "Warak Enab" in Arabic, are a beloved Middle Eastern and Mediterranean delicacy. This dish features tender grape leaves filled with a flavorful mixture of rice, herbs, and spices. Stuffed Grape Leaves are often served as an appetizer or as part of a larger meal and are cherished for their delightful combination of tastes and textures.
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The Story

Stuffed Grape Leaves are a culinary delight, showcasing the fusion of fragrant rice, fresh herbs, and aromatic spices encased in tender grape leaves. The dish is both vegetarian and vegan-friendly, making it suitable for a wide range of dietary preferences. Whether served warm or at room temperature, these stuffed grape leaves are a crowd-pleaser at gatherings and family meals.


1 cup long-grain white rice
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
Salt and pepper to taste
1 jar of grape leaves in brine (about 30-40 leaves)
Juice of 2 lemons
2 cups vegetable broth
Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
Greek yogurt or tahini sauce for serving (optional)
40 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 30 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 45 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



Rinse grape leaves, trim stems, and separate them.


Mix rice, parsley, mint, onion, garlic, spices, olive oil, lemon juice.


Place a grape leaf, add filling, fold sides, roll tightly.


Arrange dolmas seam-side down in a pot. Squeeze lemon juice, drizzle olive oil, add vegetable broth.


Place a plate or lid over dolmas, bring to a boil, then simmer for 30-40 mins.


Let dolmas cool in the pot. Serve at room temperature with optional yogurt or tahini sauce. Enjoy!

Tips for this recipe

Stuffed Grape Leaves can also be served with a garnish of pine nuts or toasted almonds for added texture and flavor. Additionally, consider arranging lemon slices or wedges around the dish for a bright and refreshing presentation. Enjoy the delightful flavors of this Mediterranean classic!

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