Dolma – An Assyrian Meal

Dolma has been a family dish that has been passed down from generation to generation and has many variations across many cultures from the Greeks and Armenians to the Assyrians.

What is Dolma?

Dolma is a stuffed vegetable dish. Most common vegetables include tomato, pepper, onion, zucchini and eggplant. Grape and cabbage leaves wrapped around a filling is considered a staple in the Assyrian community.

What is in the Dolma stuffing?

The stuffing/filling in dolmas are usually made up of rice, minced meat and/or grains. Specifically, onions, herbs like dill, parsley and spices make up the vegetarian ingredients. Meat is an option and depending on the culture making the dolma, lamb or beef is used.

How is Dolma served?

When meat is included, it is served warm with a refreshing garlic yogurt sauce. If meat is not included, dolma can be served cold.

For Assyrians, chicken or beef ribs can be added to the cooking pot and cooked in a tomato-based sauce.

Everyone has their own variations, but if you want to taste ours, check out the dolma recipe!