|When someone mentions
the word "dolma", stuffed grape leaves usually come
to mind. But there are many other vegetables that Azerbaijanis
stuff including eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and quince.
On rare occasions, you'll even find stuffed potatoes, onions
Eggplant dolma is probably the most favorite, especially in the
summer, when it is widely available. You'll find dolmas served
at nearly every special occasion, often in a colorful trio combination:
red tomatoes, green bell peppers and purple eggplant.
What's in the stuffing? Rice and herbs such as coriander, mint
and dill are the fundamental ingredients. Often onions and minced
meat-lamb, veal or beef-are added to the mixture. The dish is
allowed to simmer for several hours in its own juices. Minced
garlic and yogurt are served as accompaniments. In Southern Azerbaijan
(in Iran), yellow split peas and spices like turmeric and pepper
are often part of the mixture.
From Azerbaijan International (8.3) Autumn 2000.
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