Dolmades with Yogurt-Mint Sauce

READY IN: 3hrs 21mins
Top Review by Erdal Onurhan

This is in fact not a Greek dish, but Turkish. "Dolma" means "Stuffing, Stuffed" in Turkish and the origins of this dish go back to authentic Ottoman Imperial Cuisine. In fact there are very many other stuffed vegetable dishes in the Turkish Cuisine, such as eggplants, arthichokes, marrow(zuccihini) and its blossoms, potatoes etc. This term, stuffed, is also used for dishes where chicken, turkey and the like are stuffed with various ingredients, mainly rice, before cooking usually in the oven.

Ingredients Nutrition


  2. Heat 1/4 cup oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium low heat. Add onion and garlic. Saute until very tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add rice and cumin and stir 1 minute. Add 2 cups broth and currants.
  4. Cover and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer to bowl.
  6. Mix in nuts, parsley and mint. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Cool completely.
  8. (Can be made I day ahead. Cover; chill.)
  9. Place grape leaves in bowl.
  10. Cover with cold water and let stand 30 minutes.
  11. Drain.
  12. (Cut off stems.
  13. Arrange 1 leaf veined side up on work surface. Place 1 rounded Tbsp of rice filling on stem end, leaving 1/2-inch border.
  14. Fold 2 short sides over rice, then roll up starting at stem end.
  15. Repeat with remaining leaves and filling.
  16. Place seam in side down in 2 heavy 12-inch skillets.
  17. Divide remaining 3 Tbsp oil and 2 cups broth between skillets.
  18. Cover; simmer over medium-low heat until liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
  19. Uncover and let rolls cool.
  20. Transfer to platter.
  21. Cover and chill.
  22. (Can be made 1 day ahead.) FOR SAUCE: Combine yogurt, mint, and garlic in small bowl.
  23. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  24. Place grape leaf rolls on platter and garnish with lemon.
  25. Serve with sauce. These rice-filled grape leaves are a classic Greek appetizer.

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