Savoring the Sour: Turşulu Dolma (Pickled Stuffed Vegetables)

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  • Serving: 5
  • Prep time: 40 m
  • Cook time: 55 m
  • Ready in: 1:35 h
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Experience the art of Turkish stuffing with Turşulu Dolma, a delightful twist on the classic dolma using pickled vegetables. This tangy and savory dish brings the best of both worlds: the richness of stuffed vegetables combined with the tang of pickling.


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Total Nutritional Values

Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin C
150% Daily Value
20% Daily Value


  • Instructions

    1-Prepare the Filling: In a mixing bowl, combine the rinsed rice, ground beef or lamb, chopped onion, minced garlic, parsley, black pepper, paprika, and salt. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.

  • 2-Stuffing: Carefully stuff each pickled bell pepper or grape leaf with the filling mixture. Be sure not to overfill as the rice will expand during cooking.

  • 3-Cooking: Place the stuffed pickled vegetables tightly in a saucepan or pot. Add enough water to cover half the height of the dolmas. Drizzle with olive oil.

  • 4-Simmering: Cover the pot with a lid and simmer on low heat for about 40-50 minutes. Ensure that the rice and meat are thoroughly cooked.

  • 5-Serving: Once cooked, let the Turşulu Dolma rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Arrange them on a plate and serve with lemon slices.

  • Conclusion

    Turşulu Dolma offers a delightful journey into the heart of Turkish culinary traditions. The sourness of the pickled vegetables perfectly complements the savory filling, making it a dish worth savoring with every bite.

Smart Tips

  • Pickling Your Own: For an authentic experience, consider pickling your vegetables at home. This allows you to control the level of tanginess and flavor, suiting it to your preference.

  • Use a Plate for Weight: During simmering, place an inverted plate over the stuffed vegetables to keep them submerged and prevent them from opening.

  • Check for Doneness: Insert a knife into one of the dolmas. If it goes in easily, they are done. If not, continue cooking, checking every 10 minutes.

  • Serving Accompaniments: Turşulu Dolma pairs beautifully with yogurt or a garlic-yogurt sauce.

  • Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.

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