Stuffed Grape Leaves (Yaprak Sarma)

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Ingredients

  • 2 onion, (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt
  • Half a bunch parsley, (finely chopped)
  • 3-4 spring fresh mint, (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 2 tbsp blackcurrant
  • 2 tbsp pine nut
  • 1 large tomato, (grated)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil

How to make Stuffed Grape Leaves with olive oil

  1. Add your 2 finely chopped onions, 1/4 cup olive oil in a medium pan and saute your onion until it become soft and changes its colour.
  2. Add your 1 grated large tomato to sautéd onion and stir a little.
  3. Wash and drain your 1 cup rice and add it to your pan and saute for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add your 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp sugar, salt, 1 tsp dried mint, 2 tbsp. blackcurrant, 2 tbsp. pine nut in your mixture, stir until the mixture combines and take your pan from the heat.
  5. Add your finely chopped half a bunch parsley, finely chopped fresh mint to your stuffing and stir a little until it combines.
  6. Put 1 tsp. stuffing in the middle of your grape leave. First fold the sides inside and then roll it. You may see the foilding at below video.
  7. Cover the base of a medium pot with unused grape leaves and align your folded leaves in it.
  8. When all the grape leaves are over cover the top of the pot with unused grape leaves and pour 1/4 cup of olive oil around.
  9. Add water until the level of the water passes grape leaves place a plate on your grape leaves and start cooking at low heat.
  10. It takes about 45-60 minutes until stuffed grape leaves with olive oil to cook. Check it occasionally and add some water if it’s run out.
  11. Serve your stuffed grape leaves with olive oil cold. You can serve it with yogurt and some lemons.
  12. ENJOY!

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