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Dolma Quinoa style – (Saute4u - Armenian grape leaves )

Being of Mediterranean decent Dolmas  is a staple in our house basically A comfort food
Quinoa is a wonderful way to make traditional dishes without altering the integrity of the dish

This recipe makes a fantastic salad if eaten cold,  stuffed peppers  , and now dolma which my kids now call Super Dolma .

1 cups quinoa

2 cup quinoa

1 jar grape leaves –

    remove leaves from jar  and put into separate bowl - soak grape leaves in fresh water until ready to use

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 yellow pepper

1 medium cucumber – seeded

1 white onion

1 garlic clove minced 

1 bunch parsley = ¾ cups chopped parsley

2 tbsp chopped fresh mint  leaves

2 tbsp chopped fresh dill

3 lemons

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

In small pot boil 1 ½ cup water  add 1 cup quinoa stir for 1 minute cover and lower heat  for 15 minutes Cooked  quinoa is slightly underdone -  set aside.

Mince all peppers, onion, garlic and cucumber and combine in bowl 

add Squeezed lemon juice from two of the lemons , 1 tbsp olive oil,  salt and pepper to taste

add in cooked quinoa, combine all ingredients then add in fresh chopped herbs.  This is now your dolma filling

On a plate place one grape leaf stem or veins side up.

Add a tbsp. filling to center of grape leaf, roll into log.  Like an envelope.

First fold the bottom  flap up

 then fold in sides then finish the roll. Place  dolma roll inside pot seam side down. Continue until all filling is gone.

Place a few broken grape leaves on top of all rolled dolma like a blanket.

Squeeze remaining lemon on top of the rolled dolmas in pot. Place the rind of the last lemon inside pot.

Rest lemon on top of the dolma blanket.

Pour  in remaining water  bring to a boil, cover and lower heat to simmer

Cook for 15 minutes take off heat and leave in pot until cool or all liquid has been absorbed.

A healthy way to enjoy the traditional dishes from our house to yours.  Kristina Rice


This is my version of the Armenian yogurt drink “Tahn” made with fresh mint and yogurt.

 This is a wonderful way to quench your thirst.

½ cucumber  seeded (not peeled)

5 mint leaves

¼ cup flat leaf parsley

2  sprigs fresh dill

1 small plain yogurt or lemon yogurt

1 piece honey dew melon ( approximately a 2 inch piece )

½ cup club soda ( more soda to taste.)

Blend all ingredients except club soda

 pour into glass  top off drink with  club soda garnish with  cucumber wheel speared with mint.

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