TolmaThursday, March 17, 2022
One of the easiest dishes in Armenia cuisine is definitely Tolma or Dolma (Տոլմա). It is a dish made with meat and spices and other ingredients rolled into grape leaves (most popular) or cabbage. Alternatively, it can be stuffed in vegetables like eggplant, tomato, pepper, or even stuffed in apples.
Tolma is an old dish popular in the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East, and even in many Mediterranean countries.
In Armenia, tolma has been around for centuries and is a very important part of the cuisine. There is even a Tolma festival that takes place in the country where you can try over 50 different types of the Armenian food!
The typical ingredients for tolma are beef mince, rice, chopped onion, coriander and parsley, chopped garlic, tomato sauce, black pepper, salt, and grape leaves.
After mixing all the ingredients together with the minced meat, the tolma is assembled layer by layer in a pot and prepared on a 150C fire for 50-60 minutes without mixing because you cant mix tolma (it’s an unwritten rule in Armenia)!