Dolmas, or dolmades, is literally a stuffed grape leaf. The most well known variety in the United States are Greek in origin, grape leaves stuffed with rice. But in Turkish cuisine there are different vegetables that are also stuffed; eggplant , tomatoes, zucchini.
Then there are seafood varieties, like squid or mussels and mackeral, which are also delicious. Quite often the grape-leaf type offered here are mass produced, the results being oily, or something sticky with white mushy rice. Often you see them served on a Greek salad. When well-made, I prefer them on their own, or part of a mezze platter of appetizers.
It's something to do with their mix of currants, pine nuts, and spices. Warm or cold..they're just delicious. Since I had a jar of grape leaves, I decided to buy some Turkish rice, currants and pine nuts. I wonder if leaves of my fig tree would work?