Yalanchi Dolmas

Yalanchi Dolmas


What is a dolma? It is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes common in the Middle East. What is a yalanchi dolma? Literally translated, it means false dolma. In other words, a dolma without meat. Meatless dolmas taste delicious served warm, cold, or at room temperature, which makes them perfect appetizers to make ahead of time and serve at get-togethers.


2 cups (348 g) cooked rice (white, brown, long, short—your choice!)
2 tablespoons (6 g) finely chopped mint leaves
2 tablespoons (30 ml) balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice
2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup (60 g) finely chopped walnuts
Salt and pepper, to taste
12 grape leaves


In a mixing bowl, combine the rice, mint, vinegar, lemon juice, oil, walnuts, salt, and pepper. Mix until uniform. Your hands will work best for this.
Prepare a clean, flat workspace.
Carefully lay one grape leaf flat. Place about 2 tablespoons (20 g) of mixture in the center of the leaf and wrap up like a little burrito.
Repeat with the remaining 11 leaves.

Yield: 12 dolmas


Grape leaves can usually be found in most grocers in the same aisle as the pickles and olives. They will either be in a jar or a can.


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