Embrace the Camera: A Piece of Culture

Warak dawalie, (stuffed) grape leaves, is one of my favorite Palestinian meals.  You may know them as “dolmas”.  It’s a tedious process, but one that every Palestinian knows well.  Blanch leaves, a couple pinches of rice mixture in the middle, then roll, roll, roll.  It’s the sort of thing you hate to do by yourself.  It goes much quicker with good company and a mug of coffee.  Luckily I wasn’t alone for long. 
Thanks for the company Maysoona. Did you catch that? Rice, roll, fold in from the right, fold in from the left then roll, roll, roll. Maybe you can help out when you’re a bit older. 

Never underestimate the power of self-timer.


  • Shahirah Elaiza says:

    O M G. I love mahshi. I really need to learn how to make 'em.

    I have an interesting post coming up that might interest you 😉 InshaAllah it'll be up this weekend.

  • Esra says:

    One of my favourite foods ever!!

    My mum is Scottish, but she picked up a lot of the arabic culture from my dad (who is arab) and I remember helping her make these when I was a kid. My sister and I tried it out ourselves recently – they were edible, but nowhere near as good as mums!

    And she is too cute mA.

  • Kate says:

    Mmmm, I love warak diwali!! Or as my daughter calls them, grape rolls. They're her favorite!

  • marissa says:

    oh my gosh that picture is adorable! I don't know if i've ever had dolmas I'll have to try them I know my mom likes them

  • Amnah says:

    I've never met anyone that doesn't like these. But I'd love to meet the woman that came up with the idea to stuff leaves with rice!

  • sammarei@yahoo.com says:

    I don't know what the connection is, but I find that my BACK hurts for days after making these. Maybe I just need to put 25 pounds of cute on my lap as a counter balance? I'll give it a shot and tell you if it works 🙂
    Egyptians are big stuffers too – basically anything that doesn't move… I used to get scared to stay still too long at my grandma's house …

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