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Dolmadakia Yalantzi: A Vegetarian Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe

Dolmadakia yalantzi is an ideal Greek food if you are fasting. This traditional meze is one of the most popular and delicious Greek appetizers. This is no surprise! Who doesn’t love stuffed grape leaves?  Unlike the traditional dolmades, dolmadakia yalantzi don’t have meat at all. Their main ingredients are grape leaves, rice, onions, dill, scallions, parsley, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. If you are using fresh grape leaves, make sure that you wash them well under fresh water and after boiling them in hot water for around 5 minutes, allow them to drain. Dolmadakia yalantzi are delicious hot or cold, something that makes them great for any occasion! This dolmadakia yalantzi recipe serves around 8 persons and takes 60 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to cook.

Dolmadakia Yalantzi

Dolmadakia Yalantzi – Ingredients

  • 500 g of grape leaves (jar or fresh)
  • 2 cups of long-grain white rice
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4-5 fresh scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of  extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • The juice of 2 lemons

Dolmadakia Yalantzi – Instructions

  1. If the grape leaves are fresh, start this dolmadakia yalantizi recipe by adding water to a pot and bringing it to boil over high heat.
  2. Wash the grape leaves very well under fresh water. Place them in a colander and allow them to drain. If the leaves have rough edges trim them.
  3. Place the grape leaves in the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon place again the grape leaves to the colander, rinse with cold water for a few seconds. Set aside and allow to drain.
  4. Take a pot and add half of the olive oil and bring it to boil over medium temperature. Add the onions and sauté them for around 5 to 6 minutes while stirring.
  5. Add the rice and cook. Constantly stir for around 2 minutes.
  6. Add the scallions, parsley, dill, lemon juice salt, and pepper.
  7. Stir constantly until the juices are absorbed and the rice is tender.
  8. Taste to see if additional salt is needed. Add to taste.
  9. Remove pot from heat, set aside and allow aside to cool.
  10. Place some grape leaves on the base of a big pot.
  11. Take a grape leaf and place one tablespoon of the rice filling at one edge of the leaf. Carefully roll up like an egg roll.
  12. Carefully place the dolmadakia yalantzi one next to the other in the pot in an even one or two layers if necessary. Continue this process until you are out of filling.
  13. Pour the remaining olive oil over the stuffed grape leaves and cover them with a clean, heatproof plate.  Add 2 cups of water to cover the stuffed grape leaves and the plate. Simmer for around 30 minutes or until the juices have been absorbed.
  14. Serve (warm or cold).

Tip: Dolmadakia yalantzi (ντολμαδακια γιαλαντζι in Greek) perfectly match with tzatziki. You need to try them together! Stay tuned for more traditional Greek recipes. Enjoy!

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