Turkish Stuffed Peppers

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Turkish Stuffed Peppers
07 June 2024

Stuffed green peppers are mostly enjoyed in the Middle East and Balkan countries. Originating as far back as the Ottoman Empire, "dolma" is prepared with meat and olive oil. Rich in vitamin C, this dish acts as an antioxidant and regulates the digestive system. Since it is low in calories, it is also high on diet lists. If the ingredients are ready, we can start the recipe of stuffed green peppers with olive oil, thanks to its ease of preparation!

How Many Calories is 1 Portion of Stuffed Green Peppers?

As with most dishes with olive oil, stuffed peppers have a very low-calorie value. A 100-gram portion is 170 calories on average.

Prep Time : 40 mins
Cook time : 40 mins
Servings : 10 People
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Turkish Stuffed Peppers


  • 10 bell peppers 
  • 3 medium onions 
  • 6 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1.5 cups rice 
  • 3/4 cup hot water 
  • 2 tbsp pine kernel
  • 1 tbsp currants 
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 2 tsp mint 
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar 
  • 1 tsp black pepper 
  • 1 tsp allspice
Turkish Stuffed Peppers


  1. Remove the stem parts of the bell peppers and set them aside. Remove the seeds and wash them in plenty of water. Drain the excess water and gently rub the inside of the peppers with salt. Chop the onions into pieces. Remove the stems of the currants and soak them in hot water to swell. Wash the rice in plenty of water and drain the excess water. Heat the olive oil in a pot. Add the onions and sauté until they turn pink.
  2. When the onions start to turn color, add the pine kernels and continue sautéing until the pine kernels turn a light color.
  3. Then add the washed rice, drained currants, granulated sugar, salt, and spices, and mix. Add hot water and cook over low heat until the rice absorbs the water.
  4. Fill the bell peppers with the stuffing mixture you prepared. Cover the tops of the bell peppers with the pepper stems you reserved. Place the stuffed peppers vertically in the cooking pot.
  5. Pour the mixture of olive oil and hot water that you mixed in a separate bowl over the stuffed peppers to fill about half of the peppers.
  6. Cook the stuffed dolmas in a covered pot over low heat for about 30-35 minutes until the cooking water is drained and the rice is soft. Enjoy your meal.
Serving Suggestions

You can serve the stuffed peppers as a main course with a salad and tzatziki.

Expert Tips
  • The rice you will use in the filling must be cooked well. Before starting the recipe, soak the rice in warm water for a while, and then rinse it to remove the starch.
  • Marinate with black pepper, salt, and a little water. You can increase the flavor of the peppers by rubbing this mixture on the inside of the peppers before filling them.
  • To prevent the peppers from drying out after cooking, leave the lid of the pot slightly open.
  • Take care to leave some space when filling the stuffed peppers. Since the rice expands as it is cooked, you need to fill it accordingly.
  • To ensure that the stuffed peppers cook evenly, place them vertically in the pot.
  • After cooking, drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the dolmas. This will make them look more appetizing.

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