Saturday, September 10, 2011

Grape leaf rolls or Dolma

Grape leaf rolls
about 25 grape leaves *
1 cup of boiling water to blanch
1 cup of cold water to place after blanching

* If the leaves are small then use more, if it is big then use less leaves.
Grape leaf rolls
For filling
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup minced meat or burger meat *
1/4 cup rice cooked
2 tbsp onion
3 tbsp mint leaves chopped
1 green chillie chopped optional to deseed

* If using burger meat don't add too much spices or salt as it pre made with spices and salt. If vegetarian can use burgers prepared with vegetarian ingredients.
* If using minced meat season with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp cumin ground, 1/4 tsp pepper
I find filling with cooked ingredients is easy and convenient it doesn't take a long time to cook the filled dolmas.
Heat oil and sauté the onion, burger meat, green chillie. Remove from heat and mix the cooked rice and mint leaves.

to cook
1 1/2 cups stock water or 1 to 2 soup cubes
2 tbsp lemon juice

Let the prepared filling cool a little before wrapping in the leaf. Place the shinny part of the leaf down and the rough part of the leaf up, then place about 1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp filling depending on the size of the leaf. Roll the leaf tightly similar to rolling spring rolls with the sides first then roll towards the outer tip of the leaf.
Grape leaf rolls
Before placing the rolled leaves in a pan, prepare the pan with extra one or two grape leaves with the rough side facing down to cover the bottom of the pan. Place the wrapped leaves close together without any space or it will expand when cooking and the filling may come out.
Put a fitting saucer or plate over the rolled leaves then pour the stock and lemon juice. Keep something heavy over the plate like a bowl filled with water which helps when it is cooking to keep the rolled leaves in place.
Cook on low medium heat till the water evaporates taking care not to burn the bottom of the rolls. These dolmas taste good even the next day.
Grape leaf rolls
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64 comments:

  1. nice recipe with the grape leaves...

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  2. I so want to have this akheela. looks wonderful and hats off to you for trying such dishes.

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  3. Looks and sounds delicious! Reminds me of the tamales my grandma made for me as a kid. Thanks so much for sharing =]

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  4. I love to eat dolmas but never tried making them at home. Must try your recipe! Going to link up to the rainbow series now :-)

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  5. I would love to make my own grape leaf rolls! These look amazing. Yum

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  6. this recipe is very new to me...never knew grape leaves were used in cooking...it looks fab..

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  7. hi torview, first time i see this recipe or any foodie prepared using grape leaves. wish i can try , but we dont have many grape vines here.
    well, i say they look delicious and rare

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  8. oh masha`allah thats something similar to what we make here in algeria except we do it with cabbage leaves .... i love anything stuff ... i wonder can i find these leaves here

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  9. Very unique and new recipe. Never thought grape leaves can be used like this. Great preparation!! :)

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  10. This is such a cool recipe. I have never made anything quite like this. I love to see new things, big bonus of blogging for me.This one is spectacular.

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  11. Looks beautiful! Have never made it and would like to.

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  12. I'm still undecided when it comes to grape leaves... I've good ones but also really bad ones... This does look good!

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  13. Wonderful Looking Grape Rolls, where do you get the Grape Leaves, are they from your garden or store?

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  14. It's been many years since I had stuffed grape leaves, your recipe impels me to make some again. I would have to get bottled grape leaves for this though.
    Thank You.

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  15. I love these leaves- never knew how to make them...Yours look perfect and sumptuous!

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  16. It s such a great dish, this s my one of favourite dish, i like the one who we make with olive oil without meat,
    if we cook with meat we serve it with yoghurt , it s nice accompany..

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  17. I had my first dolma ever at my Greek neighbor’s house. Her mom made it and it was sooo good. I have a grape tree that has to be trimmed down…guess what I’ll do with the leaves? =)

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  18. actually this is not dolma. this is sarma. in turkish dolma means filling; sarma means rolling.

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  19. very unique recipe..looks interesting and delicious..

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  20. Wow..Amazing. Dolma are very nice and I didn't think abt making it at home till now. BTW, may i know where do u get grape leaves?

    Cheers,
    Uma

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  21. We make sometimes these at home and yours look amazing!! gloria

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  22. the grape leaves I used are from our garden, it maybe available in bottles; if you use bottled leaves blanch them a little the same way.
    If you want to try this and can't find grape leaves, try with cabbage.

    Thank you Orhan for the name :) I should say Sarma or yaprak dolmas.
    Thank you Yesim yes it would be delicious with yogurt sauce or egg based sauces :) but we enjoy it without any side sauce that is why I didn't mention.
    Thank you everyone for the questions and comments :)

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  23. I have never used grape leaves in my cooking...lovely recipe...

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  24. Something totally new to me...!!! Looks good!!! We can get grape leaves from the market??
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  25. Totally new to me..interesting recipe as well

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  26. Dolma looks so perfect. Where did you find the grape leaves?

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  27. Looks wonderful and never used grape leaves in my cooking, super delicious..

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  28. We make dolmas quite often since we are always trying to use up the leaves we prune from our grape vines...yours look fantastic :D

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  29. Oh well done for making these. They are so delicious but so time consuming. I used to help my aunt make these using cabbage leaves instead as vine leaves were a bit difficult to get hold of.

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  30. So neat n perfect ~ intriguing recipe!
    USMasala

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  31. Dolma is so good! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Dolma hmm it's completely new to me, sounds so delicious.

    San

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  33. Absolutely love the dish....Flavor is amazing:)

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  34. yummy!! as always,one of my Iraqi auntie make this dish for me in a party & i really enjoy the taste!!

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  35. This is new to me,sounds delicious..thanks for sharing

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  36. I love Dolma and get a vegetarian version at the local market, but have never tried to make my own. These look fantastic!

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  37. No way i can find grapes leaf here, but your dish look so delicious!

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  38. Yummy dolma recipe...I never used grape leaves for the same, but after reading your post and glancing at those beautiful pictures, I'd surely try them with these leaves! As usual, a great recipe!

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  39. Looks wonderful! Kind of reminds me of tamales. Another great recipe.

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  40. Love your Dolma...haven't made it in years. So nice that you can get it fresh from your garden. I used to make mine vegetarian style, but love your recipe with the meat filling:DDD

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  41. have always wanted to try this, but never seem to get a good recipe until I saw this, thank you Akeela, now I have to do my hunt on exquisite grape leaves...

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  42. wow this is excellent - I have had dolmas several times but never thought of making them at home - Awesome job Akheela : two thumbs up :)

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  43. Amazing!! I had these in a restaurant and yours look so perfect

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  44. Delicious dolmas!
    Hey I have tagged you for playing 7 links Challenge Game. Please check it out.
    Cheers

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  45. Davvero ben eseguita la ricetta,complimenti!!!
    Un abbraccio*

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  46. You never fail to amaze me with your awesome recipes!

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  47. What more interesting recipe .. I had something similar in Greece ... .. it looks with a very good taste. Hugs Marimi

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  48. I love grape leaf rolls but it's been sooo long since I've had some and I've never made them myself! Definitely on my list :).

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  49. I have no idea about the flavour of grape leaves, but it looks very good.

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  50. Yummy, I've ALWAYS wanted to try something with grape leaves!

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  51. Hello! We call those rolls sarmi here. They are one of our national dishes. :) Very glad to see, that you are making them, too! Cheers.

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    International Calls to Australia

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  52. All Greeks salute you for your PERFECT dolmas!!!

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  53. Thanks for entering these into Simple and in Season - round up to follow today, hopefully!

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  54. thx good receipe but what about the other 2 tbspn onion and do we add tomotoe paste or not.

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  55. what about the other 2 tbsp of onion and do we add tomotoe paste. this receipe is different then arabic dolma

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  56. Thank you for pointing out the typo
    it is 1 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp onion, I didn't add tomato paste

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  57. This is fantastic. We prepare this dish frequently. It's the season of fresh rape leaves during spring. Definitely, we will do it many... many times because it's very yuuuuummy.

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