Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolma)
2 lbs. Chuck roast chopped
6-8 Garlic cloves minced
3 cups rice rinsed
6 oz can tomato paste
2 Medium tomatoes chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 lemons juiced
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (optional)
2 tablespoons Salt
2 teaspoons Baharat (middle eastern allspice)
1 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes or ground red pepper (optional - can also add more if you like more spicy)
Vegetables to Stuff (below is the combo I used for the stuffing made above but use any combo you prefer)
Approximately 60 Grape Leaves
About 6 - 10 outer layers of onions
2 Bell peppers
2 Zucchini peeled
2 Japanese eggplants
Other options to stuff are tomatoes, other summer squash, cucumber, swiss chard (rolled), cabbage (rolled).
1 tablespoon Citric acid/lemonduzy
2 lemons juiced
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes or ground red pepper (optional)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
Sliced Carrots, celery, or swiss chard stems to line the bottom of the pot.
8/6/2011 11:43:18 am
no tamarhind? ive watched my mom make it, and she has used the liquidy type of tamarhind.
5/14/2014 11:02:31 pm
My mom and other family doesn't use it but I have heard that some do.
7/6/2013 03:00:41 am
I have been married to a Chaldean for 45 years, I cook all your food, my question is, I have never put oil on my doma, when all veg. Are stuffed and in pot, I put a stick of butter on top and pour pure lemon juice to about 2 inches in a pot. Cover and cook on low about 45 minutes then turn off and let sit about an hour. Any thoughts would be welcome. Thanks, sue
5/10/2014 04:23:38 am
Hi. . I've never heard anyone use butter in dolma especially chaldean dolma. I always put 1/3 cup oil and about 1 and a half cup water depending on the pot.
5/14/2014 11:01:02 pm
I have heard of some using butter but my family never did.
4/10/2015 02:06:35 pm
It turned out PERFECT!!! It makes me feel so good watching my family enjoy these recipes. Thank you so much!! Keep posting! :)
4/28/2015 08:01:56 am
will this make enough to feed 6 adults?
4/28/2015 11:31:43 pm
Hi rand. This should be enough for 6 adults.
10/11/2015 07:28:46 am
Morning , I have a quit question I've never used Jasmine rice for Dolma
1/19/2016 08:43:10 pm
I add just enough water to cover the top of the grape leaves. When the water boils I turn the temp down to low until there is no water left in the pot or for 30-45 minutes
3/22/2016 11:43:12 pm
CHALDEAN spouse and I use Baharet is that the same as allspice other relatives say not to use it in dolma ?
4/10/2016 05:00:22 pm
We always use Baharat aka allspice but everyone has a different way of making so feel free to make how you prefer.
11/24/2017 07:57:16 pm
Hi there baharat in English is called "All 7 Spices". It is not the same as "All spices". In my experience the taste is different. Best best is to go with the baharat aka all 7 Spices for dolma.
3/6/2022 01:51:19 pm
All Spice or All Spice Berries is called "kababa" in Arabic. Baharat is a mix of several spices including all spice berries, cinnamon,... Etc. Hence why it's referred to 7 spice mix in English.
3/17/2018 11:53:56 am
Hello, I was wondering if I could stuff the vegetables and grape leaves and arrange the pot the day before cooking it. Would it still come out ok? Thanks!
3/17/2018 01:44:08 pm
Yes you can do that. Just put the sauce over it right before you cook it.
2/20/2020 10:17:28 am
You do not list chopped onions on ingredients list. Was this a mistake? I think should be about. 3 chopped onions. Please reply,
2/20/2020 10:21:41 am
Hi. The chopped onions are a personal preference. I don’t use them so I didn’t include them in the recipe.
4/15/2020 10:48:23 am
This recipe was absolutely delicious! My family loved it and reminds me of exactly the way my mom used to make it. I did modify it and added diced onions and instead of the oil I put a stick of butter because that’s how I remember my mom making it and it turned out delicious! Thank you so much for your amazing recipes they are on point!
4/26/2020 10:09:44 am
Thank you ?
1/10/2023 06:22:07 am
Good recipe, my co worker brought it to work. It was really good.
4/9/2023 08:16:22 am
Just of curiosity can pink Himalayan salt be used in dolma ? Bc I feel like I used it a couple of times and I had a lot of water in my stuffing of the meat and rice
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