Lozovi Sarmi (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

A type of Bulgarian meal

Lozovi Sarmi (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Another Bulgarian dish confused with its Greek cousin. Zelevi Sarmi, or Dolmas, are made of grape stuffed with combination of rice and minced meat and then boiled. They can be served both hot or cold to you liking. Definitely try it with some yoghurt on top. Eat with mineral water.


15-20 grape leaves
3 onions, chopped
2 cups white rice
1 teaspoon dried celery or oregano
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon paprika
3 cups water


Steam the grape leaves. Fry the onion in the oil until brown, add the rice, paprika, celery, and oregano and add the water. Boil until water is absorbed. Use the mixture to fill the leaves, shaping them like small bundles. Put in a pot, fill with water so the bundles are fully submerged, boil for about 45 mins on 350 F. You can bake them in the oven in a caserole pan full of water instead. Best when served with some yoghurt on top.

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