Stuffed Grape Leaves | Dolma | ورق عنب Middle Eastern Recipe


  • 60 Grape leaves (they come in a jar)
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1.4 tsp dried mint
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 3/4 cup lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper



  1. Remove the grape leaves from the jar and soak in a large bowl of water
  2. Wash the leaves and place them on a plate covered with a damp paper towel (this helps it stay moist)
  3. For the rice, add 1 cup of rice to two cups of water in a pot, bring it to a boil then lower the temperate to low heat and let it cook for about 5 minutes or until its half cooked
  4. Allow the rice to cool then add it into a large bowl where you will add all the tomatoes, mint, parsley, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix it all really with a spoon or your hands
  5. Grab a large pot and place a few grape leaves on the bottom to set a base for the rolled grape leaves
  6. Now grab a grape leaf and place about a tablespoon of  your rice mix in the center, fold the sides in, then grab the top of the leaf and start rolling forward (make sure to roll it tight so it doesn’t fall apart during the cooking process)
  7. Once you have rolled all the leaves, place each one stacked on top of each other in layers until you have covered the pot (make sure there are no holes or gaps between them, also add in a bit of olive oil in between each layer)
  8. Add a few slices of lemon on top for added flavor then top the grape leaves with a plate (this part is essential! This allows for the grape leaves to stay together rather than float. Also make sure the plate is safe to use under high heat)
  9. Now add in some water until the grape leaves are covered
  10. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium and allow it to simmer for about 8-10 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium-low for 35 minutes.
  11. Once its done, remove each piece carefully, serve and enjoy! 😀

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