Vegetarian Dolma / Stuffed Grape Leaves and Cabbage


Ingredients For Dolma Mix:

  • Quinoa (1 Cup)
  • Rice (Basmati, 1 Cup)
  • Parsley (1 Bunch)
  • Onions (3 small diced)
  • Garlic Cloves (5 minced)
  • Tomatoes (1 Cup Chopped)
  • Mushrooms (1 Cup Chopped)
  • Olive Oil (1/2 Cup)
  • Baharat / All Spice (3 Tablespoons)
  • Salt and Pepper (1 Teaspoon Each)
  • Lemon Juice (1/2 Cup)

Ingredients For Layering, Stuffing and Cooking:

  • Grape Leaves (Fresh or in a Jar) (Approximately 20)
  • Cabbage (Take about 10 layers and boil for about 30 seconds high heat)
  • Carrots (2)
  • Celery (4)
  • Onions (5)
  • Olive Oil (1/2 Cup)
  • Lemon Juice (1/2 Cup)
  • Watert (1/2 Cups)


  1. In a large bowl, add the washed rice and quinoa.
  2. Chop one bunch of parsley and add to the mixture.
  3. Chop 3 small onions very tiny and add to the mix.
  4. Mince the garlic and add to the mix.
  5. Chop tomato and add to the mix.
  6. Cut up mushrooms and add to the mix.
  7. Add salt, pepper, and spices to the mixture and blend with your hands.
  8. Add fresh lemon and olive oil, making sure everything is well blended.
  9. Now you are done with the stuffing. Set aside and work on the onions.
  10. In a 10 quart pot, add two table spoons of vegetable oil.
  11. Then shave carrots and celery and add to the pot. Just organize them in there.
  12. Peel the onions. Cut the ends of the onions and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt on each end of the onion and set aside for 15 minutes. This process is done so that each layer of the onion opens easier without breaking.
  13. After 15 minutes, peel and stuff the onions.
  14. Boil hot water and peel each layer of cabbage and boil for about 30 seconds or until soft enough to fold and stuff. After it cools, you are ready to stuff the cabbage.
  15. Stuff the grape leaves.
  16. First layer, as I mentioned is the celery and carrots, then the stuffed onions, then grape leaves and cabbage.
  17. When you are finished layering, add a stick of butter.
  18. Then add the lemon juice, water and olive oil.
  19. Cook on stove top on high heat until it comes to a boil.
  20. After it comes to a boil, turn to low/medium heat and let it cook for 30-45 minutes.
  21. When it is done cooking, wait about 30 minutes to an hour before flipping.

Enjoy 🙂