About Food – Tolma (Stuffed Peppers)

Tolma (Georgian: ტოლმა ბულგარული წიწაკით), known as Dolma in Armenia and Azerbaijan, is a popular meal in Georgia and many other countries and there are many variations. It usually describes a filled, hollowed-out vegetable or a filling wrapped in a leaf. Vegetables used to contain a filling include tomato, eggplant, pepper, apple and zucchini. Leaf wrappings include vine and cabbage.

In Georgia, three types are popular: fillings wrapped in cabbage or vine leaves and stuffed pepper.

In this recipe we will show how to make Georgian stuffed peppers.

Ingredients (serves 7): 7 large peppers, 300 grams of ground beef/pork mix, 80 grams of rice, 2 cloves of garlic (we used 1 very large one), 2 large onions, 2 large tomatoes, 3 table spoons of sour cream, 3 bay leaves, black pepper, 1 tsp of blue fenugreek, 1 tsp of dried coriander, salt and 30 ml of oil.

Preparation: Wash the peppers and slice off the tops. Keep the tops! Carefully remove the insides.

Add the garlic and all spices and salt to a mortar.

Crush ingredients with a pestle.

Cut the tomatoes into medium slices and add to a mixing bowl with half of the crushed garlic and spice mixture, a bay leaf and sour cream. Mix all ingredients with a spoon, ensuring that the sour cream is thoroughly mixed in. Then add half a liter of water and 1 tbs of oil and mix again. When finished, put the bowl to one side.

Boil the rice in salty water, being careful not to over-boil it. Chop and fry the onions in oil. Add the cooked rice and onions to a mixing bowl. Add the meat and the remaining half of the crushed garlic and spice mixture.

Mix all ingredients until they look like the picture below.

Carefully pack the mixture into each pepper, making sure it is pressed firmly inside.

Add the filled peppers to a deep pan, making sure the peppers stand up.

Carefully add the tomato mixture and cook on a low heat for 40 minutes.

When it is ready it should like the picture below.

Carefully remove the peppers from the pan. Georgians do not usually serve the peppers with the juice but we like it!

Serving:

The peppers are delicious hot or cold. Georgians eat them with sour cream.

Enjoy your stuffed peppers!

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34 Responses to “About Food – Tolma (Stuffed Peppers)”
  1. puzzle says:

    I know something like that but: With sour cream? must try!

  2. eripanwkevin says:

    Mmmmm….looks delicious!!!! We have almost the similar one in Japan but we don’t use rice in it. Personally Georgian’s recipe seems to be much better than ours and we wanna add rice next time!!! 🙂

  3. rumpydog says:

    It’s somewhat similar to h

  4. tbnranch says:

    Yummy! This looks good even though it is 8AM! 🙂

  5. Looks so pretty with the tops on them and with sour cream…mmmmmmmmmmm!!!

  6. My tummy is rumbling!!

  7. Chancy and Mumsy says:

    Those are the best looking and best sounding stuffed peppers I have ever seen. Hubby LOVES stuffed peppers I will have to fix some for him when the weather is cooler. Thanks for sharing this. Hugs

  8. Great Dane Info says:

    Aww mum says she used to eat stuffed peppers a lot back home, stuffed with minced beef and rice too. She hasn’t done them in ages and might just make them again, thanks to you 🙂

  9. Jodi Stone says:

    I’ve never used sour cream and I normally cook the meat first. I might just have to try your variation. Looks yummy!!

  10. sybaritica says:

    I really like that long thin variety of pepper. Perfect for that sort of dish!

  11. Okay, now I am drooling along with all the collies…. nom, nom, nom!

  12. Madeleine and Gingersnap! insisted that we try this recipe tomorrow! We will let you know how it goes….

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