Dolme or Dolmeh, Persian food recipe with video

How to make dolme or dolmeh at home in easy steps. Dolmeh is a Persian food recipe. The most common type of dolmeh is grape leaves dolmeh.

The variety of herbs used in dolmeh makes it a valuable source of antioxidants and vitamins. Dolmeh contains high amounts of vitamin B12, Iron, selenium and zinc. Each dolmeh or 2 ounces (58 grams) of it has 101 calories.


  • 1/2 lb (226g) Grape Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Rice
  • 1 Lb (453g) Ground Beef
  • 1/2 bunch: Leek Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 3 garlic Cloves
  • Salt, Turmeric, Ground Chili Pepper, Persian spice mix (Advieh), Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Powder


Grate the onion and the garlic cloves.

Mince the herbs.

Rinse the rice.

Wash and microwave the grape leaves for 30 sec.

Boil 4 cups of water.

Dolme or Dolmeh. Directions:

Mix up the herbs and the grated onions and garlic in a big bowl.

Add the rice and the ground beef to the mixture.

Add salt, ground chili pepper, turmeric, persian spice mix (Advieh), black pepper powder as needed.

Then add 2 tsp dried lemon powder to the bowl and mix them thoroughly.

Add 2 tbsp vegetable oil to the mixture and mix up.

Take one (or more) big grape leaf and cover the bottom of a pot, it will keep the meat wraps (dolmehs) from direct heat.

Take one grape leaf, trim its petiole, put approximately one tbsp of the mixture on the leaf and wrap the leaf around the mixture tightly and put them in the pot.

Secure the meat wraps (dolmehs) by stack them up agains each other in the pot.

Add boiling water to the pot until it covers the dolmehs.

Cover the pot with the lid and cook the dolmens over low heat for 120 to 150 minutes.


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