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Friday, December 23, 2011

Vegetarian Mushroom and Brown Rice Dolmas


First of all let me tell you what dolmas are . Dolmas are grape leaves traditionally stuffed with a mixture of rice and meat and then cooked. They are a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialty and are served as appetizers. The vegetarian ones are usually served cold and the ones with meat warm.

 I prefer them warm and served as a main dish with a tasty sauce on top. If you are vegan you can try a tomato based sauce and if you are vegetarian some sour cream (+ garlic - optional) on top will make these dolmas just perfect.  

Unfortunately I didn't count them before I put them in the oven and now once they're ready it's pretty impossible to do it. I think I made about 30 dolmas but this is only an approximation.  

Enjoy this healthy and delicious low calorie meal!

Ingredients for about 30 rolls:
  • 40-50 grape leaves 
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice (soaked in water for 1 hour)
  • 800g mushrooms (I used Portobello)
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  •  sea salt, to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 3 bay leaves                                                 
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander                                             
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
Directions:


For the filling: 

Grind the mushrooms and onion in your food grinder and then set aside (You can use you food processor if you don't have a food grinder).

Heat the oil in a large saucepan, over medium heat.

Add the mushroom and onion paste into the saucepan and sauté for another 10 minutes.

Add the rice (drained) along with an additional 1 cup of water. Stir and let the mixture boil for 10 minutes or until almost all excess liquid is absorbed. It doesn’t need to be cooked, it just has to absorb all of the excess water. Add spices.

Remove from heat and add chopped parsley. Let it cool for 10 minutes.

For the wrappers and assembly:

Separate the grape leaves and make the rolls adding about 1 Tablespoon of filling into each roll.


See here how you can make the rolls.

Take a large pot and line the bottom with some grape leaves. 

Put the assembled rolls in the pan on top of the grape leaves. Arrange them around the pan until the pan is full.

Add the bay leaves.

Cover with remaining grape leaves.

Add water until all rolls are covered.

Place in oven at 392F˚ for 1 hour. Check every 20 minutes and add more water if necessary. 15 minutes before it’s ready, add the tomato paste and finish cooking.

Serve!



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3 Comments:

At December 23, 2011 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Suzi said...

I like the way you have done your stuffed grape leaves, one of my favorites. I ususally add lemon and different spices. I will have to try it your way. I can't easily find the grape leaves anymore, my local grocery stopped carrying them. I may have to buy them on line or travel to Orlando. Thanks for sharing this. Cheers!

 
At December 24, 2011 at 8:51 AM , Blogger Gourmandelle said...

Thank you Suzi! This is the Romanian vegetarian dolmas recipe; it doesn't have that Mediterranean flavor but they're really good this way too :)

 
At January 22, 2012 at 4:56 AM , Blogger richart2012 said...

Hi
I used Pure Vegan B12 spray.There is also a cheaper version that does not advertise vegan but says so on the label called Pure Advantage B12. The ingredients are identical.

Vegetarian

 

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