FamilyChef: Saeeda’s Dolma

Welcome to the World Food Programme's (WFP) new recipe series, where you can find out about the culinary delights cooked up by displaced IraqisWFP cash and vouchers are giving them the freedom to buy foods of their choice and cook traditional meals, which they have been kind enough to share with us. 

List of ingradients

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1) Mix the allspice with rice, minced garlic, tomato paste, meat cubes and stock cubes in a bowl.

The ingradients in a bowl being mixed

The ingradients in a bowl being mixed

All the ingradients displayed on a table

2) Stuff the hollowed out onions, zucchini, green peppers and eggplants with the stuffing mix.

Ingradients being mixed

3) Place each stuffed piece neatly side by side in a large pot.

Stuffed vegetables in a pot

4) Take a small bundle of the stuffing on each grape leaf, fold in the sides and roll up tightly to form finger-like rolls. Then layer each one on top of the stuffed vegetables in the pot.

A grape leaf being stuffed

5) Pour one cup of Sumac juice onto the stuffed vegetables then cover the pot.

Sumac juice poured into a pot

6) Place the pot over high heat and bring to boil then leave to simmer on a low heat for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Stuffed vegetables in a pan

7) Once cooked, take the cover off the pot and let it cool for 10 minutes.

Stuffed vegetables in a pan

8) Remove the stuffed vegetables, or Dolma, from the pot and transfer to a large platter.

The meal is ready

9) Serve with a yogurt drink.  

A man and woman enjoying their meal

While delivering hundreds of thousand tons of food each year to displaced Iraqis, WFP is increasingly switching its assistance to food vouchers, giving hungry people the power to choose their own food. 

Cash And Vouchers

A WFP cash and vouchers card
Photo: WFP/Jane Howard

WFP delivers hundreds of thousands of tons of food each year, but, increasingly, we give hungry people cash or vouchers to buy food for themselves. Learn more about WFP's cash and vouchers programmes.


Syrian refugees shopping for food in a market
Photo: WFP/Eyad Al Baba

WFP uses innovative ways to deliver food assistance, such as scratch cards or “e-vouchers” sent to mobile phones by text message. WFP and the Turkish Red Crescent launched the e-food card programme in 2012 in Turkey. The initiative enables Syrian refugees to cook their own meals using fresh ingredients they can buy in the local markets. Read more about WFP's E-Food card programme (PDF, 1.48 MB).

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