I want to describe a Turkish dish made by wrapping grape or cabbage leaves around a bit of stuffing: this is my favorite meal. It is the most difficult side dish in Turkish cuisine also most famous.
Selma Kuru Aslan
- 500g vine leaves (or cabbage leaves): as thin as possible
- 1 kilo onions
- 1.5 cups rice
- 1 water glass olive oil
- 3 cups boiling water
- 1 tablespoon pimento
- 2-3 lumps of sugar
- 1 lemon
- A pinch of salt
- Chopped mint leaves (optional)
- A pinch of black pepper
- Peel the onions and cut them thinly. SautĂ© without oil and at a low heat.
- When the onions' colour is getting darker, add the oil.
- Then add the rice and continue to sautĂ©.
- Next, add 1.5 cups of boiling water and put in the sugar and spices (pimento, black pepper, salt, mint): in fact if you can find it, there is a special spice mixture for this meal.
- Lower the heat and allow to simmer until the rice absorbs all the water.
- Now wrap a spoonful of the mixture in each vine leaf.
- Finally lay all of them in the saucepan and squeeze a lemon over them.
- Then put a plate on top of the parcels (to stop the vine leaves from opening) and add 1.5 cups of boiling water and bring back to the boil. When the water is boiling, lower the heat and cook until the water has all gone.
- Squeeze the vine leaves carefully to check that the rice is cooked: if it isnâ€™t cooked, add a little more water to the saucepan and cook for a bit longer.
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Selma (recipe contributor), Turkey
I would like to thank to everybody who had written on my recipe (Zeytinyagli Yaprak Dolmasi) and sharing their feelings with me. All of written encourages me for learning english. I really thanks a lot everybody. PS. I read all of views, there is a reason for everything like great amount onions etc. We can see another time & place, if you like. Regards, Selma.