Stuffed Peppers (Biber Dolması) Recipe

Biber dolması is a Turkish delicacy consisting of peppers stuffed with a combination of ground meat (beef or lamb), rice, and onions. There are numerous recipes and variations, so additional ingredients such as raisins, pine nuts, mint, and garlic are also often included in the basic combination of fillings.

The stuffed peppers are then slowly boiled in water until they soften. It is recommended to serve biber dolması with fresh bread and yogurt on the side. If desired, the dish can be prepared in a vegetarian version – just leave out the meat and serve the peppers cold.


  • Green bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1+½ cup rice
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Parsley
  • 1 tomato
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Dried mint
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • For the top Tomatoes
  • For the sauce
  • 600 ml hot water 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Olive oil

How To Make Stuffed Peppers

1- Mix together 1 diced onion, 1 + ¼ cup of rice, 1 tbsp of tomato paste, some chopped parsley, 1 diced tomato, ground black pepper, salt, dried mint and 3 tbsp of olive oil.

2- Fill the peppers with the rice mixture. But before that, wash the peppers, remove the stems, then scoop out the seeds. And they’re ready for stuffing.

3. Once you’ve filled the peppers, place them in a medium sized pan.

4- It is better not to overfill the peppers.The rice will need enough room to expand while it cooks. And you cover the opening of each with a slice of tomato.

5. In a bowl, mix 1 tbsp of tomato paste and 600 ml of hot water.

6- Add it to the pan to reach halfway up the peppers and drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the peppers.

7- Let the peppers simmer gently with the cover on until the rice is soft.

8- Stuffed peppers are ready to serve. Enjoy!

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