Chef´s Choice – Cypriot Recipes – Stuffed Vine Leaves (Koupepia/Dolmades)

 Cypriot Recipes

Stuffed Vine Leaves


DolmadesDolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes common in the Middle East and surrounding regions including the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia, Central Asia. Common vegetables to stuff include tomato, pepper, onion, zucchini, eggplant, and garlic. The stuffing may or may not include meat. Meat dolmades are generally served warm, meatless ones are generally served cold.

Here we present a meat version.


fresh vine leaves (or packet of frozen vine leaves or jar of vine leaves in brine)

1 onion

1/2 kg minced pork or lamb or beef

1/3 cup oil

1 cup ripe tomatoes, blended

1/2 cup rice

fresh mint

parsley, finely chopped

lemon juice (3-4 lemons)


salt, pepper


–     Wash the vine leaves and put in boiling water.

–     Let them boil for 2 minutes, remove and drain.

–     Fry the onion and add the minced meat until it is slightly browned.

–     Add the tomato and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring from time to time.

–     Take the pan off the heat and add the rest of the ingredients (salt, rice, pepper, cinnamon, mint, half the lemon juice and parsley) and mix.

Dolmades_2–     Lay out the vine leaves, veins upwards, put 1 tsp of the minced meat mixture on the stalk of each leaf, fold over the sides and roll up tightly.

–     Line the bottom of a saucepan with vine leaves and place them closely together in layers.

–   Add a little olive oil, the rest of the lemon juice and some water.

–     Place a plate on top of the koupepia/dolmades and cook over a low heat for approximately 30 minutes.


About tfrsecretary

Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany in 1957, I was educated at a Baccalaureate High School. Later completed Technical University with a degree in Economic Informatics. I served for 12 years in the German Army before joining a French computer company for another 10 years. Then ran my own motorcycle and gastronomy businesses before deciding to retire. I arrived in North Cyprus with my second wife in 2004 and since her sad loss in 2011, I have kept myself very busy trying to help others with similar problems and in 2012 became the Secretary of “The Foreign Residents in the TRNC” (TFR). I am very keen to see expat communities coming together and playing their part in helping North Cyprus, our adopted homeland.
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4 Responses to Chef´s Choice – Cypriot Recipes – Stuffed Vine Leaves (Koupepia/Dolmades)

  1. Hello. I’d like to feature a link to your lovely recipe in an upcoming episode of my culinary adventure serial. Each week I write about 3 things my readers send, and one of those was “vine leaves.” (for example: ) It’s just good clean fun. 🙂

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