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Rice-stuffed grape leaves

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
20 min
1 hr 30 min
Our healthier version of these classic dolmas calls for brown rice and fat-free chicken broth, but sticks with tradition by infusing them with onion, dill, mint, and lemon. These stuffed grape leaves may be served warm or chilled. And the best part is that most of the cooking is hands-off, as you have to simmer the rice until it's tender, which takes about 25 minutes, and then let the stuffed leaves simmer for about an hour to reach that perfect consistency. Just be sure to leave no gaps when arranging the leaves in the stockpot, as this will prevent them from opening during cooking.


Uncooked long grain brown rice

1 cup(s), not instant

Uncooked onion(s)

1 cup(s), yellow, chopped


¼ cup(s), fresh, chopped

Mint leaves

¼ cup(s), fresh, chopped

Fat free chicken broth

4 cup(s), reduced-sodium, or vegetable broth, divided

Fresh lemon juice

¼ cup(s)

Grape leaves

4½ oz, about 32 leaves (rinsed if canned)


  1. Combine rice, onion, dill and mint in a large nonstick skillet and set pan over medium heat. Sauté until onion is soft, stirring frequently to prevent rice from burning, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of broth, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and remove from heat.
  2. Place grape leaves, shiny side down, on a flat surface. Top each leaf with 1 heaping teaspoon of rice mixture, placing filling near stem end of leaf. Fold in sides of leaf and then roll up from broad bottom to top. Place stuffed leaves side by side in a large stockpot.
  3. Pour remaining 2 cups of broth over top of leaves. Set pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 1 hour. Remove from heat and let cool 30 minutes before serving. Yields 2 stuffed leaves per serving.