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Boiled linden leaves sarmas

Instead of grape leaves my mother use young linden leaves to preparing sarmas. Amazing recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish
Keyword linden leaves, sarmas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost £4


  • Pot
  • Deep pan
  • Gas cooker


  • 55-60 Young linden leaves
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 400 gr Minced meat I prefer for this recipe 50/50 Pork and Beef.
  • 3 tbsp Sunflower oil
  • 1 c White long rice
  • 4 Fresh mint leaves
  • 2 pn Black pepper


  • Blanch the linden leaves in hot water. leave them to dry for 5-10 mins.
  • Chop the onion and mint.
  • Wash the rice and drain.
  • Put oil in the pan and heat.
  • Put the onion and mint and cook for 1-2 mins.
  • Put the rice and when the grains are like crystals add the mince. Stir gently. Cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Add one ½cup hot water and stir. Cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Release from cooker.
  • Cover the bottom of the Pot with linden leaves.
  • Roll the sarmas and order in the pot.
  • Cover the sarmas with linden leaves. Cover with small plate.
  • Add the water till plate is covered by water.
  • Boil for 40-45 mins.


Serve hot or cold with Bulgarian or Greek style yogurt on side and red hot chili pepper (Optional).