Dolma mahshi – Iraqi stuffed onion

Dolma mahshi or stuffed vegetables is popular Iraqi dish.

Iraqis stuff everything – zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, onion or squash.

The filling is a mixture of flavors of fresh herbs and oriental spices. The original recipe includes the pomegranate molasses, which for most of us in unavailable. Although the dish is delicious even without it. Sweet onion flavor contrasts with the sour aroma of tomato sauce.

You must definitely try it!

What do you need?

4 onions as big as possible
1 cup of rice, cooked in 2 cups of water
2 bunches of parsley, shredded
2 bunches of dill, shredded
1/2 leek stalks, shredded
4 cloves of garlic, mashed
5 teaspoons of curry
1 tsp ground coriander
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 can of chopped tomatoes
4 teaspoons of tomato pasta
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon sugar

What now ? 

1. Cut out upper and lower end of the onion and peel it from the top layer. Put into a pot, cover with water and boil 30 minutes.

2. In a bowl, mix the cooked rice, shredded herbs, crushed garlic, curry, coriander, sweet paprika and cayenne pepper. Salt to taste.
3. Cool down cooked onions, cut it along the side and gently separate the layers. Stuff each half with spoonful of filling and roll it.


4. Mix tomatoes, broth and tomato paste. Pour over onion arranged in casserole and bake at 400 degrees for one hour.

5. You can serve it with yogurt.


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