DELICIOUS DOLMAS – STUFFED GRAPE LEAVES

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Cook time : 25-30 minutes

Serve : 6

Level : Medium

Grape leaves stuffed with taste pine nuts , currants , rice , herbs, spices .It is a great appetizer and snack .

INGREDIENTS :

300-350 gr. Grape  leaves ,  Soak  in boiled water for 4-5 minutes and washed

1 and 1/2 cup  basmati rice , washed

1 big onion , diced

1 cup olive oil

2 tbsp dried currants , washed

1 tbsp pine nuts

1 tsp dried mint

2 tbsp parsley , chopped

1/ 3  tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground red pepper

1/3 tsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp   lemon juice

1 tsp sugar

1  tsp sea salt

1-2 cup hot water

2-3 lemon slices

1 tbsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS :

Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan  over the medium heat . Add onion , 1/2 tsp  sea salt  and  sauté it.  When they turn translucent , add the rice , pine nuts  and stir constantly for 3-4 minutes until the rice is translucent . Add the dried currants , dried  mint , parsley , lemon juice , sugar ,cinnamon , black pepper , red pepper . After another quick stir and add 1 cup hot water  , then cover  the saucepan . Cook   for 7-8 minutes until all liquid is absorbed  by the rice mixture . Remove from the heat and let cool .

On a work surface , lay out vine leaves , their points at the top and the smooth sides down . Place a teaspoon of  filling in the base of the leaf . Fold the sides over and  firmly roll up . Cover the filling .  Place remaining leaves in the saucepan  in a layer .

Place the dolmas in the saucepan . Place  the lemon slices over the top . Lay a plate over the top to press the dolmas .Add 1/2 tsp sea salt , 1 tbsp olive oil  and  pour 1 cup  hot water  . Cover with the lid  and cook  over a low heat for 30 -40 minutes , Checked it , if  the  dolmas liquid is reduced , add some hot  water again . it is done , remove from the heat and let cool . Then serve  with lemon slices .

Bon appetite !

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