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Greens and Vegetables

Vine leaves dolmadàkia



  • 1/2 kilo vine leaves
  • 750gr rice
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 2-3 courgettes
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste, mint, parsley, fennel to taste


Put the vine leaves in hot water, but do not overcook, then strain and spread them out on a platter. In a bowl, place the rice and grate the courgettes, potatoes, artichokes and onions over it. Add in the finely chopped mint, cumin, salt-pepper to taste, and olive oil. Mix all ingredients very well. Pick the vine leaves one at a time and place a teaspoonful of filling from the mixture in the centre of each leaf, or spread out a little. Then fold the leaf from the long side of the filling, or in such a way as to make a secure cylinder with the leaf, so that the stuffing does not come out.
Having exhausted the filling or vine leaves, spread a few vine leaves on the bottom of a large pot and carefully place the stuffed vine leaves (Dolmades). Cover the dolmades with plate (upside down), pour in hot water to top the plate and let them simmer, until they are done. When the dolmades are done, sprinkle them with lemon juice to your taste.

Source: Prefecture of Chania

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