26 January 2017

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Hello Everyone,

Are you ready to face with some challenge? Looking at the picture, I know you think that this meal will be very hard but you’ll see, it isn’t. It will only consume some of your time. “Etli Yaprak Sarmasi” aka stuffed grape leaves is one of the most popular meals in Turkey. You know the deal: you will love love love!

There is two kind of stuffed grape leaves. As a hot meal (this recipe) and as a cold meal with olive oil. Stuffed grape leaves with olive oil will also be avaible for you on our website.

Don’t worry, we will do it step by step : )

Stuffed Grape Leaves

Try this delicious traditional turkish food recipe Stuffed Grape Leaves
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Turkish


  • 1 jar grape leaves
  • 1 cup baldo rice
  • 250 gr. (0,55 lb.) ground beef
  • 2 grated tomatoes
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp. pepper paste
  • 1/2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tsp. beef bouillon

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. dried mints
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 fresh lemon juice


  • Leave your grape leaves in cold water for couple of hours otherwise it will be too salty.
  • Leave your rice in warm water (almost hot) for 20 minutes then strain.
  • Take your 250 gr. ground beef, 1 cup of washed rice, 2 grated tomatoes, 3 finely chopped onions, 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley, 1/2 tbsp. pepper paste, 1/2 tbsp. tomato paste, 1/4 cup vegetable oil some salt and some black pepper in a large bowl. Knead it with your hands until all the ingredients combine very well. Your mixture is ready : )
  • Grab your dutch oven, cover the bottom with grape leaves.
  • Take on of your grape leaves, put 1 tbsp. of your mixture at the bottom of it, fold the edges and roll. You can see a detailled introduction on our below video. Align the rolls to your dutch oven one by one without leaving any space. If you leave spaces it will bloat and fall apart while cooking.
  • Take your dutch oven to a medium heat. Melt 1 tbsp. beef bouillon in 2 cups of water and add it to your stuffed grape leaves. Cover the lid and cook about 35-45 minutes.
  • While cooking the stuffed grape leaves, prepare your sauce. Heat your 2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a pan. Add 1 tbsp. tomato paste and 1 tbsp. dried mints, saute about 1-2 minutes. Take it off from the heat, add 1 cup of water and 1 fresh lemon juice, stir until dissolved.
  • Take your stuffed grape leaves off from the heat after they are cooked. Hover your sauce over your stuffed grape leaves, cover the lid and rest it for about 1 hour.
Keyword Stuffed Grape Leaves

Your stuffed grape leaves are ready : ) You can serve it with some plain youghurt.


All Comments

  • Good afternoon,

    I have a question concerning the “vegetable oil”. Is there a reason you use this as opposed to olive oil? I’d imagine olive is more popular in your region? Or is there another type of cooking fat that is often used?
    Thank you for the recipe and tips and have a great day!

    Chris 17 July 2020 21:44 Reply
    • Hello Chris,

      You can bet we love our olive oil. Also of course you can use olive oil for this recipe. It’s a personel choice of mine to not use olive oil with the foods with tomato paste and meats because olive oil is too scented that you can taste and smell it even in the dish. I don’t prefer it suppress the actual dish’s taste. I hope it would be helpful to you and I hope you enjoy your food : )

      admin 20 July 2020 00:25 Reply
      • Thank you very much for this information!

        Chris 23 July 2020 18:12 Reply
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