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Turkish Recipe

Stuffed Wine Leaves

These delicious little parcels are not difficult to make and bear little resemblance in taste to the mass produced variety.


  • 250 g long grain rice
  • 6 onions(very finely chopped or grated,
  • 1 tomato, skinned and finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp currants, ½ bunch dill finely chopped
  • ¼ bunch fresh mint chopped
  • 1 tsp allspice, ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sugar, salt, pepper
  • 1 glass olive oil
  • 1 glass hot water


  • Finely chop or grate onions (or use food processor); using large pan, heat olive oil, fry onions and pine nuts until lightly browned.
  • Add rice, stir and cook for a few minutes;
  • add tomatoes, currants, spices, sugar, water, salt and pepper; stir, cover and cook gently over low heat for about 20 minutes, until liquid is absorbed.
  • Stir in mint and dill and leave to cool.

Stuffed wine leaves (Yaprak Sarma)

  • 500 g fresh vine leaves,
  • ½ cup olive oil, lemon slices (enough to cover)
  • Pinch of sugar


  • Wash well, place in plenty of boiling water for about 2-5 minutes.
  • Quickly drain and plunge into cold water; remove stalks.
  • Lay the leaves with glossy side down, veined side up and with the stem towards you.
  • Place a teaspoon of stuffing near the stem and fold the leaf edges inward over the stuffing, then roll the leaf away from you to form the dolma, which should be finger-shaped and a firm little roll.
  • When all ready, tear discarded leaves and line base of large pan.
  • Place the dolma on the bed of leaves, with their edges downwards and next to each other and make a second layer if necessary.
  • Pour on olive oil, hot water, sugar and arrange the lemon slices on top.
  • Use heatproof plate as a weight cover, bring to boil, then cook gently for about 35 minutes; when tender, pour off any excess water and leave to cool, with lid on.
  • Serve with lemon wedges.
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