Couscous Dolmas Recipe

Recipe Category: Vegan

Couscous Dolmas Recipe


Makes about 20 grape leaves

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar grape leaves, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat
  2. Add the onion, cover and cook until softened, about 5 minutes
  3. Add the couscous and stir in the broth, raisins, cashews, parsley and salt and pepper to taste
  4. Cover and remove from the heat
  5. Set aside for 5 minutes
  6. Trim the stems from the grape leaves
  7. Place one grape at a time leaf on a cutting board, shiny side down
  8. Place about 1 tablespoon of the couscous mixture near the stem end and fold the sides of the leaf over the filling
  9. Beginning at the stem end, roll up the leaf firmly into a neat roll
  10. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and grape leaves
  11. Place the stuffed leaves in a large skillet
  12. Add enough water to cover along with the remaining 1tablespoon of oil and the lemon juice
  13. Cover and heat to a simmer
  14. Cook over low heat until tender, about 30 minutes
  15. Uncover, remove from the heat and set aside to cool
  16. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a serving plate
  17. Serve at room temperature

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