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Koupepia Dolma


In Cyprus the most popular of the stuffed vegetables (Dolma) are Koupepia. Stuffed grape leaves with minced meat, rice tomatoes and herbs. Believe it or not this dish is a seasonal one! Grape leaves are cut this time of the year and the market is full of them. Simply delicious!

Koupepia Dolma


Koupepia Dolma

Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time2 hrs 55 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Cypriot
Keyword: Food Recipes, Pleasures, Pork, Veggies
Servings: 8 People


  • 1 kg Pork , double minced
  • 150 gr Long Grain Rice , rinsed
  • 70-80 Grape Leaves
  • 3 litres Water
  • 3 Shallots , or 1 Large yellow Onion, finely diced
  • 3 large fresh ripe Tomatoes , grated
  • 75 ml tomato paste , diluted in 350 ml water (or 300 ml Passata dilutes in 125 ml water)
  • 60 ml EVOO , Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dry Mint , powder-ground
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon , powder-ground
  • 1 tablespoon Dry Oregano , powder-ground
  • 1 cup fresh Parsley , leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper


  • Place a medium pot into high fire and bring to a boil. Add in batches the grape leaves and cook for 1 – 1 ½ minutes to soften. Drain and repeat for the rest of the grape leaves. Keep aside.
  • In the meantime, place in a large bowl the minced meat, rice, onions, mint, oregano, 30 ml olive oil, cinnamon, parsley, salt, and pepper. Pour the grated tomatoes and mix.
  • Open one by one the grape leaves with the non-shiny side facing upwards making sure that the stem is cut and removed. Take a tablespoon full of the meat mixture and place it in the widest part of the leaf. Tuck in the ends of the leave and roll tightly.
  • Each of the rolled leaves is placed in a non-stick casserole where we have added few grape leaves at the bottom to ensure that the koupepia don’t stick at the bottom. Each koupepi is snugly placed next to each other creating a circle of koupepia with the end of the leaf facing the bottom of the casserole.
  • Pour on them the diluted paste, the rest of the 30 ml oil and the lemon juice, making sure that the koupepia are submerged. Place a plate on top of them to make sure that they stay submerged and keep their shape.
  • Cover the casserole and place on low heat to simmer for 45-50 minutes.

  • Chris

    I’m curious about the variations in cooking time for grape leaves. I picked my first batch a few weeks ago and they seemed tender. I blanched them for 3 minutes and then cooked per instructions. They weren’t terrible but definitely chewy in comparison to store bought. Can you blanch the leaves longer or did I just pick them too late? Any other tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • admin

      Hi, I only use the for Koupepia Blanching is essential, only for about 20” for making them soft to handle, but the real softness of them is when they are stewed in the casserole. Give it another try.

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