- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions – minced
- 1 1/2 cups white rice – uncooked
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp dried currants
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp dried mint
- 1 tbsp dried dill weed
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 8 oz grape leaves – drained and rinsed
Dolmas are actually a type of dish found in Mediterranean cuisine. It involves stuffing vegetables and leaves with various ingredients. You can alternate the stuffing all manners of ways and use various vegetables as the container. Some common vegetables to stuff are bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, onions, zucchinis, and even garlic. This recipe calls for grape leaves, an ingredient some people may have not considered. I ensure you they are fantastic stuffing agents – mostly because they’re delicious.
Grape leaves are actually pretty great ingredients to include in your diet if you’re looking to eat healthy. They are low calorie – 5 leaves have only 14 calories, and they have a wealth of nutrients. Grape leaves contain vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K, and B complex vitamins. They also have niacin, fiber, iron, folate, calcium, magnesium, riboflavin, and manganese. These leaves are a mild anti-inflammatory and can be used to combat certain cancers, heart conditions, and Alzheimer’s disease which are connected to inflammation.
How to make Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
Grape leaf dolmas are aslo referred to as sarma.