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Turkish Traditional Dolma Recipe

Dolma: Ottoman Sultan’s Favorite Dish!

Turkish traditional dolma recipe, Dolma is an authentic recipe from an Ottoman Palace kitchen to your kitchen! Here is an easy-to-cook and extremely delicious dolma recipe for your special dinner tables!

Dolma, (stuffed vegetables) is a very old Turkish stuffed dish well known in the Middle East and Mediterranean kitchen as well. Some of the veggies that can be used for dolma are; eggplant, zucchini, tomato, pepper and grape leaves.

dolma recipe

Turkish Traditional DOLMA Recipe (Stuffed eggplant & zucchini & peppers)

A unique recipe from Turkish kitchen.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 peopel
Calories 200 kcal


  • pot
  • strainer


  • 2 zucchini
  • 5 bell peppers
  • 3 eggplants
  • 3 to matoes
  • 2 onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 3 red pepper
  • a little parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coarse grind sumac
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper paste
  • 200 g of rice
  • 250 g of ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 50 ml of oil
  • 1 capia pepper


  • Finely chop the onion, tomato, parsley, green and red peppers.
  • Carve out and empty the eggplant and zucchini, then open the peppers by cutting the stalks.
  • Take 2 tablespoons of coarse grind sumac in a bowl and add hot water. Soak in water for half an hour.
  • Wash the rice for 30 seconds and wait for it to drain. (Approx. 10 minutes)
  • Put all the remaining ingredients except sumac in a bowl and mix for 5 minutes.
  • Fill eggplants, peppers, and zucchinis more than halfway. And cover them with capia peppers by using them as lids.
  • Put the pot on the stove and cover the stuffed veggies with a plate.
  • Pour the coarse ground sumac water, which we soaked in water before, into the pot after straining it. -Then pour a cup of boiling water and close the lid of the pot.
  • Cook on high heat until the water starts to boil. After it starts to boil, cook on low heat for 45 minutes.
  • Dolma is ready to serve!


Keyword dolma, stuffed veggies

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