Armenian dolma (tolma)



  1. 1 kg beef
  2. 50 grams rice
  3. 2 large onion
  4. 1 bunch coriander greens
  5. 5 basil
  6. 1 rosemarin
  7. 1 salt
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 1 red and black pepper
  10. 1/2 kg grape leaves


  1. Run the beef and onion through the meat grinder
  2. Add row rice and cut greens to the forcemeat.
  3. (You can replace fresh greens with dried)
  4. Add salt, peppers and water and mix very well (perhaps with hands)
  5. Lay the grape leaf on the table and with table spoon put some meat on it.
  6. Then wrap and sequentially put in a pan.
  7. After either meat or grape leaves are finished, you are done :) Put the pan on the fire and close the cover for about 1 hour.
  8. Serve hot.
  9. On the plates put some sour creme on the dolmas before eating.
  10. In Armenia we are putting non sweet yogurt (matsoun) but I am not sure you will find it everywhere in the world.