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Authentic Recipe of Yarpaq Dolmasi. My Grandmother’s Azerbaijani Traditional Stuffed Grape Leaves.

Azerbaijani stuffed grape leaves are authentic Traditional recipes of Yarpaq Dolmasi, with Lamb meat, rice, and herbs stuffed in grape leaves.

Things to know about Yarpaq Dolmasi Recipe

Azerbaijani Yarpaq Dolmasi originated from a Turkish recipe. Fresh grape leaves are stuffed with lamb meat, rice, and herbs.

It’s probably the most delicious type of dolma. You can easily identify Azeri dolma because of its tiny bite-size servings.

Rooted deep in Azeri culture, stuffed grape leaves can be found at home gatherings or weddings on every table in Azerbaijan.

My Grandmother’s Azerbaijani Traditional Stuffed Grape Leaves. Authentic Recipe of Yarpaq Dolmasi.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: yarpaq dolması
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours



  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) Ground (Minced) Lamb
  • ½ cup Rice Medium grain
  • 1 pc Onion Medium
  • ½ cup Cilantro Chopped
  • ½ cup Fresh Mint Chopped
  • ½ cup Dill Chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 100 pcs Grape Leaf Small
  • 4 tbsp Ghee or clarified butter
  • ½ cup Yogurt
  • 3 cloves Garlic
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  • Take a large bowl, add meat, rice, onion, cilantro, mint, dill, salt and black pepper.
  • Mix well and set aside.


  • Take a medium saucepan, boil water with salt.
  • Blanch grape leaves for about a minute.
  • Remove leaves from water and drain with the help of slotted spoon.
  • Cut of stem from each leaf.


  • Take one grape leaf on the palm, the shiny side toward the palm.
  • Take 1 teaspoon of the filling and put it at the center of the leaf.
  • Start rolling from the top towards stuffing.
  • Roll from all side, it will form a small bundle.


  • Line some leaves at the base of another pan.
  • Arrange these bundles rolled side down, overlined leaves, in layers.
  • Brush some butter on them.
  • Pour in water until half of the sauce pan.
  • Press dolmas with a lid to keep them tight and avoid spilling.
  • Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Garlic-Yogurt Sauce

  • Mix the yogurt with ground garlic.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Healthy Recipes
Religious Cooking Halal Recipes, Islamic Recipes


Calories: 497kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 20gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 544mgPotassium: 413mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 6191IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 149mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Traditional Azerbaijani Stuffed Grape Leaves, Yarpaq Dolmasi Recipe, yarpaq dolması
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Cooking tip for making Yarpaq Dolmasi

If the water evaporates before the leaves are tender, add a little more water. If your dolma is damaged during stuffing, patch with an extra leaf or it will spill out.

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What to serve with Yarpaq Dolmasi?

Serve with Garlic yogurt sauce, bread, or plain yogurt.

Variations of Yarpaq Dolmasi

Yalancı Dolma is a vegetarian variation made without meat. Kelem dolmasi is cabbage leaves stuffed with the same mixture.

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