Thursday, February 11, 2010



My family has their own vineyard. We were collecting our own grape leaves  and boil them first in order to make this recipe when I was living in Turkey. 
   For me, this is the best vegetarian/vegan dish ever. I can have this dish for  every single meal, even as a snack with my afternoon tea.
It took me almost one hour to roll all the leaves. It is better to have someone with you to reduce the time you spent rolling them.

  • a jar of canned grape leaves ( 2 lb )
  • 2 cups of uncooked rice
  • 1/2 bunch of green onion ( chopped )
  • 1 large size of onion ( chopped )
  • 10 cloves of garlic ( chopped )
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 2 lemon's juice
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp of red pepper paste
  • 1 cup of boiling water
Take olive oil, chopped onion, garlic and green onion in a large pot over medium heat. Stir and saute it for 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and red pepper paste in it and stir for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of boiling water into the pot and stir. Bring it to the boil and add rice in it. Cover the lid and turn the heat down to low. Simmer until rice absorb all of the water. ( Rice will cook halfway. ) Turn the heat off and add pomegranate paste, salt, black pepper, lemon juice in it and stir. Set a side.
Take the jar of  grape leaves and drain its juice. Wash the leaves and drain the excess water.

 Take one of leaves on a flat surface. Place one tbsp of filling on the upper side of it and fold the sides inside and roll it. Repeat this step for all off the leaves.
Place all the rolls horizontally, side-by-side in a large pot. Add boiling water into the pot slowly, just to cover the rolls. Take the pot over medium heat and bring it to the boil. Turn the heat down to low as soon as it starts to bubble. Cover the lid and simmer for one hour or until the rolls are tender. Serve it warm or cold. 
We had it as a dinner with cacik.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is a speciality I really love. I'll have to try making that at home...



Anonymous said...

I like this tutorial of rolling the leaves. Thank you.


Cherine said...

Stuffed grape leaves are my favorite!! Your recipe is yummy! Will definitely try it soon:)

paşakızı mutfakta said...

Merhaba.Tek kelimeyle çok güzel.Ellerinize sağlık.

Burcu said...

merhaba, adli sitede benim blogumdan alinmis, yani calinmis, 50'den fazla tarif buldum. Ingilzice yazilmis Turk tariflerini yayinliyorlar ve belki sizin tariflerinizi de calmis olabilirler diye haber vermek istedim.

My Turkish Kitchen said...

Thank you Rosa, Paz,Cherine, Pasakizi Mutfakta...

My Turkish Kitchen said...

Tesekkur ederim Burcu, mutlaka bakicam.

Pity said...

i love these, and you're right, the worst part is the rolling, but they are sooo delicious, cheers from london

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

Hello - I'm a fellow Fresh From the Oven challenger. I love stuffed vine leaves and enjoy having a group rolling session - communal cooking is so life enhancing. This filling is so different from anything I've ever made. I either make a very traditional Middle East version - rice, pine nuts, herbs or one with meat (inspired by by husband's Greek granny). I have been meaning to learn more about Turkish food for ages so really glad I've found your site.

My Turkish Kitchen said...

Hi Sally,
I know the filling you have already tried but please try this one, you will love it:)

Anonymous said...

Ben almanyadan sevgi, gercekten cok guzel bir blog, eger twitter veya facebook sayfasi varsa hemen

My Turkish Kitchen said...

Twitter ya da Facebook sayfam yok. tesekkur ederim.