Armenia,  Recipes,  Summer,  Vegetarian

Summer tolma with rice (Amarain pasuc tolma)

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in delicious vegetarian dishes, and one of my favourites is tolma with rice! This mouth-watering dish is packed with flavour and is a staple in Armenian cuisine. It’s a perfect addition to any summer meal, and it’s a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables.

You will need:

4-5 tomatoes
2 peppers
1 cup of rice
2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of salt
a pinch of pepper
bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 onions


Fry the onion in oil, add rice, parsley and all the spices, one cup of water and cook. When the water is absorbed, fill the mixture with hollowed-out tomatoes and peppers removed. Cut the insides of the tomatoes and peppers into small pieces and add to the stuffed vegetables. Pour the second cup of water and cook. When the rice is soft, put it together with the container in an oven heated to 180 degrees and bake for about 5 minutes.

Tomato – Property – Sweet, sour, slightly cold. Actions – Promote the secretion of saliva, relieve thirst, strengthen the spleen and promote digestion. Indications – Thrist and poor appetite.

Rice – Property – Sweet, neutral; lung and spleen meridians entered. Actions – Tonify qi and strengthen the spleen, relieve restlessness, and arrest diarrhoea. Indications – Poor appetite, qi deficiency in the spleen and stomach, fatigue, diarrhoea, restlessness with thirst.

Tolma can be found here

The Vegan Armenian Kitchen Cookbook
Lena Tashjian (Author)


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