Dolma/Stuffed Grape Leaves

Dolma is one of my all time favorite Armenian dish. Dolma is considered to be one of the jewels of Armenian cuisine. The word “dolma” means “stuffed”.  Dolma is very popular in Armenia, Greece, Turkey and most of the Middle East. This particular recipe comes from my mother. The preparation of Dolma requires a lot of work and can be time consuming, but the reward is very worthy. The best known Dolma is wrapped grape leaves. Other vegetables may be stuffed as well, such as eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, cabbage leaves, and onions. In this recipe I will teach you how to make delicious stuffed grape leaves.



1 jar (1 pound) preserved grape leaves (look for them in the international isle of your supermarket).
1 1/2-2 pounds of ground lamb, ground beef, or even turkey can be used.
1 cup uncooked, short-grain, white rice (washed in cold water).
2 med size onions (minced finely in the food processor).
1 tbs of fresh minced parsley
1 tbs of fresh minced basil
1 tbs of fresh minced mint
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper (optional)



1. Rinse the grape leaves in hot water and remove the stems. Soak the leaves in water and wash a few times.


2. To prepare the filling , in a large mixing bowl combine the rice with the meat, and herbs.


3. Keep a bowl of warm water near you. Start to knead the meat with your hands adding a bit of warm water, this will make the meat stuffing tender and fluffy.

4. Lay the grape leaves out flat on a cutting board. Place about a tsp of the meat stuffing in the center of the leaf. Fold sides in towards the center, then roll up from the bottom. Set in the pot seam side down.




5. Repeat folding procedure on the rest of the mix.



6. Arrange some extra grape leaves on the bottom of the pot, this will prevent the rolls from sticking.

7. Start arranging your rolls seam side down , side by side in a pan.

8. Place a heavy plate over the top to keep them in place while cooking.

9. Pour water over dolma. The water should cover them by at least one inch. Adjust the amount of water if necessary. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover and simmer on low for twenty to 30 minutes or until rice is tender.

10. With a slotted spoon, arrange the rolls decoratively on a serving platter. Serve hot.

To serve:

Dolma is best served with thick, cold plain yogurt mixed with pressed garlic, and soft Armenian lavash bread.





  1. Easy and beautiful!

  2. can you make this with brown rice?

  3. This isnt an Armenian dish, Armenian dolma is merely a variant. Dolma being a Turkish word after all. Sorry, just being picky

    • You’re not picky, you’re rude. This woman has shared part of her heritage. Dolma as made in an Armenian household. I suppose you come from supporters of the the Armenian Genocide by the absentmindedness and critical opinion.

  4. kate, this is such an incredible post.I can tolatly relate to all your words and your images are just amazing.hope everyone is feeling better soon; we have sicknesses here too!

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