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Dolmathakia Me Rizi      Veg  CD  HD  Greek 75mins plus cooling

Serves 4     Cold Vegetarian Vegan  Grains  Nuts  Herbs    Hors d'oeuvre Starter Appetizer   Dairy  Gluten Wheat free  Eggless  Greece Mediterranean Europe

For the filling
1 tbsp Olive Oil
125g/+5oz Onion, chopped
50g/2oz Long Grain Rice
1 teasp freshly chopped Dill
60ml/2fl.oz. Water
1 tbsp Pine Nuts
Salt and Black Pepper
Other Ingredients
12 Vine Leaves
The juice of 1 Lemon
60ml/2fl.oz. Olive Oil
Boiling Water


1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan add the onions and sauté until soft and transparent.

2. Add the rice, mix well then cover and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes shaking the pan from time to time to prevent it sticking .

3. Add the remaining filling ingredients, stir to mix and continue to simmer for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

4. Meanwhile, if using tinned vine leaves rinse well in cold water. If using fresh vine leaves, blanche in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.

5. Place the vine leaves, shiny side down-wards on a clean surface or plate. Put a heaped teaspoon of the filling in the centre of each leaf, fold the sides of the leaf over the filling then roll it up. Do not roll them up too tightly as the rice swells during cooking.

6. Place the vine leaf parcels in the bottom of a large saucepan seam side down. Sprinkle with the lemon juice, olive oil and enough boiling water to cover by 5cm/2inches. Place a plate over the parcels to prevent them from springing open, then cover the pan with a lid and simmer over a low heat for about 1 hour, adding more boiling water if necessary to prevent them burning.

7. Allow to cool in the cooking water, drain well and serve cold.


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Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

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