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Vegan Dolmeh

Dolmeh (Stuffed Vine/Cabbage Leaves)

60 minutes     4-6People

This dish is shared amongst ancient Persian and Greeks with little changes to he stuffing. It’s a great starter savoury food or snack between meals.

You can also stuff cabbage leaves, Paprika, Aubergine and many other vegetables.


16-20 Vine leaves (Can be from jar or fresh if you are lucky!)

1/2 cup Brown Basmati rice (soaked in water for 1 hour)

1/4 cup of olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

3-4 branches fresh mint & Parsley

3-4 Large Onions Chopped

1/2 cup Lemon Juice

Black Eyed Beans/ Lentils (Optional)

A handful of flat leaf parsley / Mint

Cabbage Leaves (Replace Vine Leaves)


  1. Drain the water completely from the soaked rice,

Now to this rice add chopped parsley, salt, onion, chopped mint, chilli powder, ¼ cup lemon juice and mix well.

  1. Separate the grape leaves individually from the jar. This part took the longest time as we had to separate the leaves, making sure not to break them.
  2. Gather up all the ingredients including a flat board to roll the grape leaves.

Rinse the grape leaves to remove as much brine as possible.

  1. Take one grape leaf (remove any hard stems if any) and place shiny side down. Make sure the edges are flat and that the leaf veins are on the top.

Spoon about 1 Tbsp of the rice mixture in the center near the base of the leaf.

  1. Fold the top sides over to cover the filling.

Next fold both sides inward lengthwise and then tightly roll leaf toward pointed tip end to make like a closed cigar/burrito.

The rolled grape leaf is done. Repeat this procedure with the remaining leaves and the rice filling.

  1. Take a medium sized pot and line the bottom with sliced carrots or potatoes. Make sure they are sliced flat and have the same height. This form the base for placing the rolled stuffed grape leaves.
  2. Place the rolled grape leaves on the sliced carrots making sure they are compact.
  3. Now take a glass plate that will fit inside the pot and place this glass plate on top of the rolled grape leaves.

On top of this place another heavy object.  (We kept a heavy porcelain bowl that would fit on the glass plate.

  1. Heat this pot and add the remaining lemon juice, 1 cup water and bring it to a boil. After that, turn down heat to medium and let it simmer.
  2. Cook for 45 minutes- 1 hour on low heat. Check the water level often and add more as necessary. The rice should be cooked by now. Now add 1/4 cup of olive oil and cook for 15 more minutes.

Let this sit aside for 1-2 hours until the juice and the oil is completely absorbed.