dolmadakia recipe


Dolmadakia are delicate little wraps made with vine leaves. They are usually stuffed with rice as a vegetarian option or more commonly are served with rice, ground meat and herbs.

They can be eaten as a side dish, an appetiser or as a main meal.


dolmadakia yialantzi


  • 250g vine leaves
  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 onions, grated
  • 250g short grain white rice
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch dill, finely chopped
  • mint to taste, finely chopped
  • 1cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4cup boiling water
  • juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • salt, pepper


Wash and blanch the leaves in boiling water 2-3 minutes. Remove and refresh in cold water, let drain.

vine leaves

In a bowl, combine all the filling ingredients (spring onions, onions, parsley, dill, mint, rice, salt, pepper, 1/2 of the oil).

dolmadakia mixed ingredients

Spread out one leaf onto a plate, rough side up.

open vine leaf

Place some filling on the stalk end of the leaf.

vine leaf preparation

Fold over the stalk end of the leaf to cover the filling.

vine leaf wrapping

Tuck in each side of the leaf,

dolmadakia wrapping

and continue rolling gently until the filling is completely enclosed into a tight roll.

wrapped dolmadaki

Cover the bottom of a casserole pot with left over leaves.  Place the dolmades on the leaves, join side down, packed neatly side by side in rows.

dolmadakia in cooking pan

Add the boiling water, the lemon juice, and the rest of the olive oil.  Place an inverted plate over the dolmades, for some weight, place the lid on, and simmer gently till the rice is done.

dolmadakia ready to eat

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