Dolma (Algerian Stuffed Vegetables)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins

This is a special occasion dish. We make this during Ramadan. My husband bases this on a version from "Great Book of Couscous". The potatoes and zucchini must be a certain size for this to work well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel the zucchini and potatoes.
  2. Chop the stem off the zucchinis.
  3. Chop the potatoes and zucchini in half short ways so now you have 4 zucchini pieces, each about 3 inches long and 4 potato pieces, each about 2 inches long.
  4. Carefully scoop out the inside of each zucchini piece, leaving a wall about 1/4 inch thick around. Discard the scooped out part.
  5. Carefully scoop out each potato in the same manner but save the scooped out portion.
  6. Mix together the ground meat, 1 tablespoon of parsley, rice, egg, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
  7. Stuff the meat mixture into the potatoes and zucchini, loosely.
  8. Heat oil in large pan and saute onion and lamb together.
  9. Add the water and bring to boil over medium high heat.
  10. Add the chick peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  11. Put the stuffed vegetables in the sauce along with the reserved potato pieces. Cook covered for 1/2 hour.
  12. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and 1 tbsp parsley.
Most Helpful

Great recipe - I tend to use a little more cinnamon but that's really the biggest difference. I love Dolma and we frequently serve it for guests. I am a big fan of dolma made with cabbage leaves which is a nice alternative and very moreish.... Rezika

Um Safia June 02, 2007

This is a winning recipe for my husband and I this Ramadan, although I did add a range of other spices your instructions, quantities of meat/veg and the size guide of the veg were just what I needed, jazakAllah Khayran

Halal Home Cooking July 22, 2012

I haven't tried this particular recipe yet, but my Algerian cousin just made this for me last night and yum yum yum is all I can say. She didn't add the chick peas and she used 1 tablespoon of Ghee in the sauce.

K Lo October 29, 2008