Sweet & Sour Grape Leaf Dolmas With Jeweled Rice

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Ingredients

1/2 pound jarred, preserved grape leaves, drained

3/4 cup lentils, preferably tiny French or flat green

1 whole clove

1 bay leaf

1 medium yellow onion

1 stalk celery

1 carrot

Kosher salt, to taste

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup basmati rice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon saffron + more for brushing at the end (optional)

1/2 cup dried currants

2 cups chicken stock, broth or water

2 teaspoons grated orange or tangerine rind

1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted lightly

Fresh ground pepper

Butter for the pan

Juice of 1 lemon

Optional garnish: fresh herbs, such as tarragon, mint, and basil, or edible flowers.

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