Most Levantine Arabic-speaking countries like to call these delicious vegetarian stuffed grape leaves Yalanji, but whether you call them dolmas, dolmades, or Warak 3nab, there is no doubting they are one of the tastiest traditional Mediterranean delicacies out there!
Honestly, as a young child, I did not love stuffed grape leaves… but it was only because I was too scared to try them! I don’t know why the look of the cute, green, rolled cigars did not appeal to me, but once my mom finally convinced me to try one, after years, I was upset I hadn’t done so earlier! I absolutely love sour, zesty flavors, and when I tried yalanji for the first time, I was mesmerized by the fluffy rice that had soaked up all the delicious lemon and tomato juices, and the pleasantly moist, tangy, exterior of the tender grape leaf. If you have never tried dolmas, don’t be scared by their unfamiliar appearance because once you try one, you won’t be able to resist having more!